Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Let's get Tropical!

It’s official, today we celebrate the very first International Day of the Tropics!

How do we celebrate a day like this? By sipping mocktails with little umbrellas in them while reading tropical tales from the JCU Library?
The State of the Tropics alliance (of which JCU is a key member) is encouraging people to celebrate by posting photos and messages on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram tagged with #WeAreTheTropics #TropicsDay2016. It would also be great to see people wearing tropical themed clothes!

The following is an excerpt from the JCU media release (June 15).

The UN has decided that the International Day of the Tropics will be celebrated every year on the 29th of June. The date is the anniversary of the launch of the inaugural State of the Tropics 2014 report, the first major output of the State of the Tropics project, which is convened by JCU and draws on the expertise of leading institutions from around the world.

JCU Vice Chancellor, Professor Sandra Harding has worked with the Australian Government to build international support for the campaign.

“This is wonderful news. The Tropics is a crucial region and deserves to be recognised with an International Day of its own. The annual celebration will quite rightly focus attention on the sustainable development of the region and the tremendous potential the Tropics holds for the world,” Professor Harding said.

Read the entire media release here or take a look at the State of the Tropics report.

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