International Day of Peace (IDOP), is observed around the world on 21st September. Declared by the United Nation’s General Assembly, Peace Day is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
Climate Action for Peace
This year’s theme is “Climate Action for Peace”. It draws attention to the importance of combatting climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world.
What does Climate Action have to do with peace?
Climate change is a threat to our world’s security and stability. As sea levels rise, coastal areas will continue to be degraded. Extreme weather events would become commonplace causing disputes over scarce resources.
Launched in 2015, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) was undertaken by all members of the member states with the common understanding that in order to create a peaceful and better world, certain rights and actions have to be taken. Sustainable Development Goal #13 Climate Action called for an immediate global action to combat climate change by limiting greenhouse emissions, build resilience and improve education on climate change.
Even recently in August 2019, Singapore experienced her first dry spell in more than 5 years! While we do not experience major weather events such as typhoons in Philippines and forest fires in Australia, climate change affects Singapore with pressing issues like rising sea levels for an island state surrounded by water, impacting maritime trade and increasing maintenance costs at the coastal areas.
Why should we take action?
Climate change is one of the greatest threats we are facing now; we are the leaders of positive change and as such, we need to raise environmental awareness, work with others, and take action! A small action can lead to a great impact!
What can I do?
Here are some suggestion of things you can do to take #ClimateAction
Do tell us at @betterworldsg with your ideas or actions you have taken!
What more can we do?
Show your commitment to climate action!
Get the Peace Building Kit!
This kit contains 6 activities that are suitable for all ages, scouts and non-scouts!
Have a look at what’s inside!
Your eco-friendly life
This activity focuses on the sustainability aspect on the personal level and daily personal habits. Inspired by the SCENES criteria, the participants start to reflect on their daily waste management practices and suggest ways to lead a greener life. The aim of the activity is to discover sustainable daily habits and practices.