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UN Year of Planet Earth: 2008. Why an International Year of Planet Earth?. To demonstrate the great potential of the Earth sciences in the building of a safer, healthier and wealthier Society To encourage Society to apply this potential more effectively. Who is behind it?.

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why an international year of planet earth
Why an International Year of Planet Earth?
  • To demonstrate the great potential of the Earth sciences in the building of a safer, healthier and wealthier Society
  • To encourage Society to apply this potential more effectively
who is behind it
Who is behind it?
  • Initiated by the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS)
  • Co-initiated by UNESCO’s Earth Science Division
  • International Geoscience Programme (IGCP)
  • 12 Founding Partners, 26 Associate Partners
focus on
Focus on:
  • Science
  • Outreach
  • Operating responsively to proposals from grassroots... Centrally (Norway) and national committees
outreach programme
Outreach Programme

Aims:

  • To tell the public about how geosciences underpin life and prosperity
  • Highlight the societal contribution of geosciences within national education systems worldwide
  • Inform politicians about how significant geosciences are to providing society’s needs, and to solving pressing environmental problems.
10 science themes
10 Science Themes

1. Groundwater – towards sustainable use

2. Hazards – minimising risk, maximising awareness

3. Earth & Health – building a safer environment

4. Climate – the ‘stone tape’

5. Resources – towards sustainable use

6. Megacities – going deeper, building safer

7. Deep Earth – from crust to core

8. Ocean – abyss of time

9. Soils – the living skin of the Earth

10. Earth &Life – origins of diversity

website
Website

www.yearofplanetearth.org