Canadian student wins World Environment Day Video-Blogging Competition of UNEP
Dr. Lalit Kishore | 03 Jun 2014

Fatin Chowdhury, 21, who is a student and environmental activist, has won the World Environment Day Video-Blogging Competition this year, announced the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on its website. The 2014 theme for World Environment Day (WED) is ‘Small Islands and Climate Change' and the official slogan is 'Raise Your Voice Not the Sea Level'.

"I am looking forward to celebrating World Environment Day 2014 and highlighting the importance of enabling the voices of small islands developing states to propel action," said Fatin Chowdhury after winning the prize.

Stressing the need to bridge the gap between high-level policy discussions and the actual impacts on the ground, he added, "As we gear up for the 2015 climate treaty, it is important to contextualize our efforts to ensure we are addressing the needs of these vulnerable populations."

Since 1972, each year, WED is celebrated on June 5 to raise awareness for positive environmental actions to protect nature and the planet Earth. On this day, UNEP goodwill ambassadors, including supermodel Gisele Bundchen, send an SOS to the world to take action for combating climate change in support of WED.

Over the years, on the occasion of WED, the UNEP has been trying to 'empower people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development; promote an understanding that communities are pivotal to changing attitudes towards environmental issues; and advocate partnership, which will ensure all nations and peoples enjoy a safer and more prosperous future'.