International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

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2020 Date6 November 2020
2021 Date6 November 2021
International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict History

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict seeks to raise awareness about the damage inflicted upon the environment during war or conflict. This day aims to promote conflict prevention and peace-building strategies among nations so that they may better protect the natural resources of the environment.

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict was established in 2001 by the U.N General Assembly. It is observed annually on November 6th.

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International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict Facts

  • According to the U.N Environment Programme, over the last 60 years, 40% of all domestic conflicts have been linked to an exploitation of natural resources.
  • According to the U.N, nearly 1.5 billion people live in conflict-affected areas and states.
  • Decades of war have led to immense losses of natural resources in countries such as Afghanistan, Colombia, and Iraq. According to the U.N Environment Programme, deforestation rates reached levels nearing 95% in some areas of Afghanistan in 2018.

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict Top Events and Things to Do

  • Donate to reputable charities and organizations that help protect the environment. Some examples are One Percent for the Planet, One Tree Planted, and Eden Projects.
  • Research and discuss environmental impacts on your community. Find out how you can make a positive impact or change.
  • Watch films and documentaries that detail the harm to the environment. Here are our suggestions:
    Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War (2008)
    Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (2018)
    Pandora's Promise (2013)

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict - References and Related Sites

UN: Enviroment Conflict Day

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