In July, we had our last meeting for the Rotaract year before we head off for well deserved summer break. And no this was not an online meeting, but in a beach club at Scheveningen! During the meeting we wrapped up the previous year, went …
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Join us for our second peace webinar with the speaker Eugenia Valenzuela, the Legal Officer OTP from the International Criminal Court. The theme for the session is “OTP’s preliminary examination on the situation in Colombia”. When? Thursday June 17, 2021What time? 7 PM CETWhere? On …
Do you know, 70% of Earth’s surface is covered by Oceans? Or that Ocean’s produce more than 50% of the planet’s oxygen with marine plants, algae and whales playing the important role in creating the oxygen as well as capturing more than 30% of the carbon dioxide produced by humans. Even though all its benefits, the ocean is now in need of support.
“World Oceans Day”, a United Nations initiative, is celebrated on 8 June every year as a reminder of how integral our seas are to life on Earth. They are the lungs of our Planet and a major source of food and medicine and a critical part of the biosphere.
The theme for this year is “The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods”, along with the declaration of intentions that launches a decade of challenges to get the Sustainable Development Goal 14, “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources”, by 2030.
This year’s theme is especially relevant in the lead-up to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, which will run from 2021 to 2030. The Decade will strengthen international cooperation to develop the scientific research and innovative technologies that can connect ocean science with the needs of society.
With 90% of big fish populations depleted, and 50% of coral reefs destroyed, we are taking more from the ocean than can be replenished. To protect and preserve the ocean and all it sustains, we must create a new balance, rooted in true understanding of the ocean and how humanity relates to it.
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June 5 is celebrated every year as the World Environment Day, engaging governments, businesses and citizens in an effort to address pressing environmental issues. This World Environment Day will kick off the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a global mission to revive billions of hectares, …
On 29th of May, members of our club took part together with members of Rotary Scheveningen in the fundraiser organized by Schappelijk. The Social Shop Schappelijk offers extra help for the residents of Scheveningen, who find themselves in a delicate financial situation. Therefore, people who …
During April and May our club have been visiting children’s community centre “De Kroko Kinderclub”, located in one of the remote neighborhoods of the Hague. Bi-weekly this centre welcomes children from different backgrounds to have access to creative and sport activities.
Together with the kids we, for example, drew and wrote postcards to King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands in light of his upcoming birthday, made paper flower cards for Mother’s day, as well as, had fun playing different sport games in the backyard.
We really enjoyed spending time with the kids and had a lot of fun!
In april en mei heeft onze club een bezoek gebracht aan kindergemeenschapscentrum “De Kroko Kinderclub”, gelegen in een van de afgelegen wijken van Den Haag. Tweewekelijks verwelkomt dit centrum kinderen met verschillende achtergronden om toegang te krijgen tot creatieve en sportieve activiteiten. Samen met de …
On May 20th, members of our club and guests attended in the first of our Peace series webinars, which was devoted to the topic “Iran Nuclear Deal: Past, Present, Future”. This webinar featured a high-level speaker, Joakim Vaverka, who serves as the Deputy Director of …
Biodiversity in simple words means the enormous variety of life on Earth. Biodiversity refers to every living thing, including plants, bacteria, animals, and humans. Scientists have estimated that there are around 8.7 million species of plants and animals in existence. However, only around 1.2 million species have been identified and described so far, most of which are insects. This means that millions of other organisms remain a complete mystery.
The United Nations proclaimed 22 May as the “International Day for Biological Diversity (Biodiversity Day)” to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. Biodiversity Day 2021 is a call to action for biodiversity.
The slogan for this year is: “We’re part of the solution”. The slogan was chosen to be continuation of the momentum generated last year under the over-arching theme, “Our solutions are in nature”, which served as a reminder that biodiversity remains the answer to several sustainable development challenges. From nature-based solutions to climate, health issues, food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity is the foundation upon which we can build back better.
With biodiversity declining at an unprecedented rate and resources being depleted faster than nature can replenish, it is of paramount importance that we all work towards reversing the biodiversity loss. This is the need of the hour in order for human well-being and sustainable development. Everybody has a part to play and we all need to be part of the movement for change.
Find out more at:
- Biodiversity Day 2021 website: https://www.cbd.int/biodiversity-day
- UN Biodiversity Day: https://www.un.org/en/observances/biological-diversity-day
- Biodiversity and Nature: https://www.cbd.int/idb/image/2021/activities/idb-2021-biodiversity-nature.pdf
- 52 tips for biodiversity: https://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/info/pubs/docs/brochures/biodiversity_tips/en.pdf