Monday, August 24, 2009

A lovely butterfly cover from Turkey!

Hi everyone! Another lovely cover from Turkey to share with you guys. Great thanks to Ahmet Demir.

The 2 butterflies stamps franked on this beautiful butterfly cover, drawn by Ahmet himself belong to a set of 4 lovely stamps from the " World Environment Day" series, issued on 5th June 2009. And here is the complete set.

World Environment Day (WED) was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. WED is hosted every year by a different city and commemorated with an international exposition through the week of June.

The theme for WED 2009 is 'Your Planet Needs You - UNite to Combat Climate Change'. It reflects the urgency for nations to agree on a new deal at the crucial climate convention meeting in Copenhagen some 180 days later in the year, and the links with overcoming poverty and improved management of forests.

WED 2009’s host is Mexico which reflects the growing role of the Latin American country in the fight against climate change, including its growing participation in the carbon markets. Mexico is also a leading partner in United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Billion Tree Campaign. The country, with the support of its President and people, has spearheaded the pledging and planting of some 25 per cent of the trees under the campaign. Accounting for around 1.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, the country is demonstrating its commitment to climate change on several fronts.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon states that the WED celebration will “further underline Mexico's determination to manage natural resources and deal with the most demanding challenge of the 21st century – climate change.” (Wikipedia)

This cover was postmarked in Pasaport, Izmir, Turkey on 11 August 2009 and took 8 days to travel an estimated distance of 8,756kms to reach me.

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