Werner R. Janoschek
Goodwill Ambassador of the International Year of Planet Earth Corporation,
Member of the Honorary Committee of UNESCO' "lobal Network of National Geoparks"
atingasse 8, 1130 Vienna, Austria firstname.lastname@example.org
The International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) was proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations for the year 2008, but there is a pre-year 2007 and there will be a post-year in 2009. The organization of the IYPE is well established: A non-for-profit and non-religious corporation under
The aim of the International Year of Planet Earth is to demonstrate new and exciting ways in which Earth sciences can help future generations meet the challenges involved in ensuring a safer and more prosperous world. Our children and grandchildren should live on a safer, healthier and wealthier Earth.
The main activities of the International Year of Planet Earth operate within its science and outreach programmes. Funding for projects in both programmes is sought from industry, foundations and governments worldwide. Both programmes essentially operate in a response, or 'ottom-up' mode.
The Science Programme consists of 10 broad, societal relevant and multidisciplinary themes: health, climate, groundwater, ocean, soils, deep Earth, megacities, hazards, resources, and life. Scientists from all over the world are invited to participate in specific questions within each theme. While we of the IYPE hope that the science programmes and proposals will meet top scientific standards, but the results must contribute to the benefit of the society - a clear societal mandate is therefore requested even in science.
The Outreach programme (the "Greatest Show on Earth") might be of greater importance and comprises the fields of education, media cooperation and, with special emphasis, involvement of politicians and decision makers. Here is a list of some examples, but appropriate items may be added. The best opportunities for a co-operation between the Geoparks and the IYPE should be in line with the Outreach program.
I would like to underline the recently published ideas by Heinz KOLLMANN (Global Geopark Eisenwurzen,
The Geoparks organizations, they may be global, national or regional, or may it be individual Geoparks, are kindly invited to cooperate with the IYPE. Both, the IYPE and the Geoparks, should not try to create something absolutely new, but already existing events, ideas and plans could be organized jointly. This may help to minimize the expenditures on both sides. There are plenty of opportunities which the Geoparks may select, it is also possible to add good ideas to the above mentioned, not entire list. The regularly organized Geopark week in the EGN could be organized in close cooperation with the IYPE, details should be mutually agreed. Already existing education programs in the Geoparks could be devoted to the overall educational themes of the IYPE.
The already existing Geoparks Week in the European Geoparks Network and comparable events in other Geoparks could use the proposals of the IYPE as an additional incentive.