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July 2018

From Local Action to Global Goals

Dear <<Name>>

Welcome to the 50th edition of our monthly e-newsletter - a landmark moment after four years as a designated UNESCO Biosphere - for which we have redesigned the look and layout to make it easier for you to access the content that most interests you we hope. Your feedback is of course most welcome.

This edition takes the big-picture global view on our challenges and collective efforts to address them, our focus being on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in this month's
Bio Blog below. 

As part of our Biosphere's contribution to the SDGs we are showcasing our 'Rain Gardens' project to help address the threat of urban flooding (increasing through climate change, especially in the summertime) through our new video. This is being shown at the United Nations in New York on 9-18th July in a special conference to review progress towards the SDGs. You can also view the efforts of our sister sites through further UNESCO Biosphere videos too, to see how our local actions are contributing to these global goals. In fact we can all make an individual difference in some way!

Enjoy the summer whilst you help to fix the planet!

Rich Howorth
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership
Bio Blog - Fixing Planet Earth
by Prof. David J Drewry, UNESCO UK 

Growing threats to our planet need a global response form a body with global reach: enter the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The media assail us daily with articles about the risks to our planet’s environment and our human ability to maintain healthy, fulfilling and productive lives.

The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), sets out a bold new framework for development cooperation over the next 15 years. These SDGs aim to ensure prosperity and well-being of all women and men, while protecting our planet and strengthening the foundations for peace. UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), with its aims to link people with their environments, is central to tackling several of these goals.

While there are clear imperatives to move forward with this agenda in the developing world, the SDGs are also relevant in more affluent countries like ours. Our nation’s six Biospheres lie at the heart of the sustainability agenda of UNESCO in the UK as the focus for conservation approaches, enabling communities to collaborate and live in harmony with their environment...

Read Blog
WoW! - Window on Our World
Our overarching body UNESCO has a key focus on 9 SDGs in particular, as follows...
WoW! - read on
Eco Events
There's loads of fun events happening outdoors in July, including: 
- TLC summer healthwalk - 3rd am
- Railway Land summer festival - 15th pm
- Moulsecoomb Forest Garden open day-20th pm
- Wild Chalk fun day East Brighton - 22nd pm

View Calendar
Nature Now

Wildlife is at the height of its abundance now, with an array of colourful flowers and insects in flight...
What's happening in nature?
Volunteering & Jobs

We are promoting varied job & volunteer opportunities at present, including:
- BioCultural Heritage Tourism Officer - TLC job!
- Gardener volunteer in East Brighton - Volunteering Matters
- Dementia-friendly Gardening volunteer - B&H Food Partnership
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