3rd of March: Africa Environment Day and Wangari Maathai Day

The occasion symbolizes challenge and hope for Africa. The aim of the celebrations of this international day is to raise awareness on sustainable environmental management among all stakeholders at national, regional and continental levels, to draw attention to the increasing environmental problems faced by Africa which are being exacerbated by climate change, desertification and demographic changes and to encourage the development of appropriate policies and strategies at national and regional levels and to enhance environmental sustainability. The commemoration of both Wangari Maathai Day and Africa Environment Day remind us the role of women in environment and the importance of empowering women in sustainable natural resource management.

The 3rd of March is the celebration of  World Wildlife Day too, Pope Francis’ words in Laudato Si’, remind us that “the earth’s resources are being plundered because of short-sighted approaches to the economy, commerce and production” [LS.32].  

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