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The theme for WED 2009 was ‘Your Planet Needs You- UNite to Combat Climate Change’. It reflected the urgency for nations to agree on a new deal at the crucial climate convention meeting in Copenhagen some 180 days later in the year, and the links with overcoming poverty and improved management of forests. The host was Mexico, which is a leading partner in the UNEP’s Billion Tree Campaign. The country, with the support of its President and people, has spearheaded the pledging and planting of 25 per cent of the trees under the campaign.

Mexico organized a series of events in Quintana Roo, with highlights including a conference on the Green Economy with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mexico’s Environment Secretary Juan Elvira Quesada, and Achim Steiner, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). There were also photo exhibits, an art competition, a Maya ‘Healing the Earth’ ceremony, and a Symphonic Visual Concert entitled ‘The Shield of Nature’ by the Philharmonic Choir and World Heritage Orchestra.

The global premiere of the film ‘HOME’, by world-renowned photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, was one of the major worldwide events for the Day, with more than 100 locations around the world. This included free of charge screenings – including star-studded premieres at the Eiffel Tower and in New York City’s Central Park.

Using the stunning aerial footage, the film – shot in more than 50 countries – makes an urgent appeal for our planet in peril and all its treasures, arguing that we have barely ten years left to reverse its destruction.

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