Want nature? See you at PO Parks & Gardens from 3rd to 5th June

World Environment Day is celebrated on 5 June. During this Environmental Awareness Day, millions of people are committed to preserving the planet. And this year, Another event takes place on the same date: Rendez-vous aux jardins. For three days, from June 3 to 5, nearly 2,200 parks and gardens will open their doors. Animators will be proposed in order to discover the richness and diversity of the green heritage. What events should not be missed in the Pyrenees Orientales?

♦ Go to the parks

What better way to participate in World Environment Day than by visiting a park or garden? This is possible thanks to the “Rendez-vous aux jardins” event. Especially since this nineteenth edition has the theme “Gardens Against Climate Change”. Environmental issues in the spotlight. This cultural event is also a way to remind everyone of the wakeup call when the latest IPCC reports were published. Owners as well as professionals are happy to present this event with the aim of awakening the senses and the conscience. This edition is poetic and committed.

// Also read our article: Pyrenees Orientales celebrates Nature’s Day

♦ Events in the Pyrenees orientales this weekend

in Port Vinders, It is a site considered one of the most beautiful jewels of the Catalan coast that opens its doors: Anse de Paulilles. Visitors will have the opportunity to discover the exhibition “Paulilles, at Midnight”. This image consists of photos, and it shows the nocturnal animals of the site.

in CollioureGuided tours of Fort Saint-Elme Park will be possible. They will make it possible to know the ways to maintain this site. Free visits are allowed.

Saturday 4 and Sunday 5: In Perpignan, the “Gardens in the City” march was planned. Participants will take advantage of this event to allow themselves the charm of the city and nature. However, this event is not part of the “Rendez-vous aux jardins” event.

Saturday only: The Cal Mateu vegetable garden of the Cerdagne Museum in Sainte-Léocadie is special because it is located at an altitude of 1,300 metres. During the guided tours, the public will be able to learn more about the distinguishing characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of this exclusivity. In addition, explanations will be given about the organization that will be certified to deal with climatic conditions.

Sunday only: In Saint-Cyprien, Valérie Joulin, botany expert and director of the Jardin des Plantes Les Capellas, will introduce you to this place during a guided tour.

If the programming in the Pyrenees Orientalis department is so bad, in Occitanie the events are not lacking since 273 events were organized. And all the curious can find a visit to their liking and, above all, not far from home: the gardens of the Palais de la Berbie in Albi, the family gardens of Castanet-Tolosan, the Palmeraie du Sarthou in Bétous, the Butterfly Garden of Catos, the Mediterranean garden in Roquebrune…there is real variety on display this year. In some places, animation complements the hits. It allows you to learn more about nature, through conferences, exhibitions, workshops or readings.

// Also read our article: Tourism in our mountains at the heart of climate change challenges

♦ #OneEarth

While the latest IPCC report warns of the importance of acting now to reduce the impact of global warming, This World Environment Day calls for collective and transformative action. It is necessary to celebrate, protect and restore our planet; With the desire to enhance life in harmony with nature this year. Every citizen is invited to share in their commitment to planet Earth.

This international day mobilizes governments, civil society, businesses, schools, cities and celebrities to raise awareness and celebrate environmental action. Everyone has a role to play in saving the planet. Every year, a different country hosts World Environment Day. After Pakistan in 2021, Sweden is the host country this year.

Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program said: “Since hosting the Stockholm conference five decades ago, Sweden has made significant progress and record investments in protecting the environment, including a long-term climate goal of achieving net zero by 2045 and negative emissions after that. Therefore, its ‘welcome role as host of World Environment Day is The year 2022 is thus a reflection of historical commitment and leadership as well as a high level of ambition towards the environment.”

Lake Villeneuve de la Raho Pyrenees Orientales Canigo

// Also read our article: IPCC Report | There is still time to act to save the planet!

♦ 1972-2022: 50 years of effort and awareness

The year 2022 marks a historic milestone for the global environmental community. In fact, this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment. This event, held in Sweden in 1972, is considered the first international meeting on the environment. So the choice of Sweden as this year’s host country was straightforward.

The slogan of the Stockholm Conference in 1972 was “One Earth”. But, this topic is still relevant, it was addressed in the 2022 edition. As unep.org explains, it means “this planet is our only home, whose limited resources humanity must conserve”.

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