2. How should International Biological Diversity Day be celebrated?
To paraphrase the message of UNEP concerning World Environment Day 2003:
International Biodiversity Day celebrations should give a human face to Biodiversity issues; empower people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development by conserving Biodiversity; promote an understanding that communities are pivotal to changing attitudes towards environmental issues; and advocate partnership which will ensure all nations and peoples enjoy a healthier and more prosperous future. International Biodiversity Day is a people's event with colourful activities such as street rallies, bicycle parades, green concerts, essays and poster competitions in schools, media events, tree planting, and public events in parks, nature conservancies and botanic gardens.
Many of the Parties to the Convention foster creative local public events to mark the occasion to underline that governments, special interest groups, academic institutions, communities and individuals are all stakeholders and have a responsibility to conserve biodiversity and to use our biological resources in a sustainable way.
The Secretariat encourages the Parties and stakeholders to reach out to young people by assisting teachers to develop biodiversity information and activity programs for students of all ages, by involving them in local celebrations of IBD, and by publicly recognizing outstanding biodiversity-related school projects.