Twitter users encouraged to change avatar to support WED

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Users of the micro-blogging site Twitter are being encouraged to change their avatar in support of World Environment Day (WED) on June 5.

World Environment Day (WED) began in 1972 and is held each year on June 5. Organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), WED aims to raise individual awareness of climate change and to encourage political dialogue on the subject; the theme for this year's event is Forests: Nature at Your Service and the host country is India.

This year, to show support for this global event Twitter users are encouraged to change their avatar to one of ten World Environment Day images (five distinct images in two versions each).

The official World Environment Day images are available to download through the official site at: http://www.unep.org/wed/infomaterials/avatars/, they can also be used on Facebook and other social networking sites.

Earlier in the year Twitter users were encouraged to change their avatar in support on Earth Hour on March 26 to a black image bearing the Earth Hour symbol. Earth Hour is an annual event which aims to raise awareness of climate change by encouraging individuals, business and governments around the world to turn out their lights for 60 minutes.

More information about World Environment Day, including how to take part in events happening around the globe can be found at www.unep.org/wed.

 

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