Raising environmental awareness
The importance of environmental awareness
Building together a desirable future for all, where women and men live decently and in peace in a preserved environment: this is Planète Urgence’s mission. To achieve this, the awareness and commitment of as many people as possible to protect the environment are essential. Because the planet is in a state of emergency: climate emergency, emergency for biodiversity, urgency to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Raising awareness of the environment means getting everyone to question themselves about the ecological, economic, social and cultural challenges we face. The cohesion between all these axes is decisive for the future of humans on Earth. Protecting flora and fauna also means guaranteeing the means of subsistence, fundamental rights, but also the history and customs of women and men, and thus safeguarding the human species.
Raising awareness here in France and around the world is essential. Not only because the actions of our daily life in France have an impact on what is happening elsewhere in the world. But also because the opposite situation is observed and demonstrated.
Global and joint action will thus make it possible to respond to one of the the 21st century greatest challenges: climate change.
Planète Urgence strives daily to open up debates, question and modify behavior with its partners in the field, with its financial partners, volunteers sent in the field, the beneficiaries of its actions and the general public.
CLIMATE AND BIODIVERSITY EMERGENCY
Human greenhouse gas emissions have already caused global warming of + 1 ° C compared to the pre-industrial era. The IPCC ensures that global net emissions must be reduced to zero by 2050 to stay below the + 1.5 ° C mark of warming recommended by the Paris Agreement. However, if companies and governments do not react, we could reach + 7 ° C in 2100 according to the latest French estimates.
For the first time in human history, one million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction according to IPBES (the “IPCC” of biodiversity). A third of the earth’s surface and 75% of freshwater resources are now used for agriculture or livestock. Urban areas have doubled since 1992, and plastic pollution by ten since 1980. The destruction of nature will continue beyond 2050, in all scenarios, unless we make profound transformations everywhere: forestry, agriculture, marine & freshwater ecosystems, urban areas, energy, finance…
The levers of environmental awareness
Raise awareness through
our Environment & Development projects
As part of the Environment & Development program, Planète Urgence acts in cooperation with its local partners in order to strengthen the communities’ resilience to changes. Each project combines reforestation, economic development and environmental awareness. In Indonesia, for example, awareness-raising actions take several forms: intervention in schools, production of documentary films, awareness raising among fishermen of the importance of mangroves preservation. Local populations are thus included both in reforestation actions and in the preservation of their forests and their biodiversity.
Raise awareness through
With its local partners, Planète Urgence creates volunteer missions, some of which aim to protect biodiversity. During these missions, volunteers may be called upon to clean up polluted ecosystems or to identify flora and fauna, for example. These actions indirectly participate in raising the awareness of these volunteers. They themselves see the damage caused by our production and consumption patterns and understand the challenges of sustainable development and environmental protection alongside the populations and local associative partners.
Raise awareness through
interventions in schools
In direct contact with the partner establishments of the school eco-kits operation, Planète Urgence is setting up awareness-raising activities on environmental protection in schools:
- awareness workshops and materials for students;
- planting of vegetable gardens and ecological gardens.
Raise awareness in France
As a French association, Planète Urgence forges strong partnerships every day with French companies and foundations. Discussions with these partners help to nourish the reflections of each party, while leading to questioning their daily actions and their impact on the environment.
Whether through general communication, the media, key events such as Rock en Seine or through coalitions such as that of Make.org, the association invites everyone to challenge their lifestyles in connection with the protection of the environment.
Part of the SOS Group, Planète Urgence is also involved in discussions related to the plea of the International Action sector. The association will pay particular attention and will be a source of proposals to bring the voice of environmental protection within the group and the associations that make it up. These plea actions will make it possible to shed light on the issues surrounding this theme to the French public authorities.
How can you become involved in environmental awareness ?
In order to take an active part in the raise of environmental awareness, you can become a volunteer on one of the projects supported by Planète Urgence (Congé solidaire®, Solidarity Mission, Civic Service, International Solidarity Volunteering) or support our projects in the field through a donation.