October 3rd 2011: mark the date in your calendars, note it down in your planners or set a reminder on your mobile phone, for that’s the day we celebrate World Habitat Day this year, as designated by the United Nations.
The purpose behind World Habitat Day is for us to reflect on the condition of our cities and to recognise the importance of an adequate shelter for all as a basic human right. It is also meant to remind us all of our collective responsibility towards the future of the human habitat.
This year’s theme is Cities and Climate Change, and the Global Celebration will be hosted by the Government of Mexico. The theme was chosen because of the great threat that climate change is posing on 21st century development. In addition, the greatest impacts of disasters that occur as a result of climate change begin and end in cities, with the majority of humanity now living in urban areas. That is why, it is very important to recognise the importance of cities and their strong influence on climate change.
Here’s how you can get involved in the 2011 WHD:
- Raise awareness in your city and organize a World Habitat Day event. All the information you need is found here.
- Read the World Habitat Day brochure and familiarise yourself with the importance of WHD and this year’s theme. Take a look here.
- Participate in a WHD event in your country. Check out the list here.
- Take part in the World Habitat Day Photo & Film Competition. Find out more more here.
- Spread the word. Tweet it, post it on Facebook, blog about it and share it. Let the world know, show them you care!