The logo of the tercentenary is based on a picture that was painted by the leading botanical artist of his day, Georg Dilnys Ehret. The painting illustrates Class 10 of the sexual system.
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Care for the Environment during the Linnaeus Anniversary

Linnaeus is one of the world's most famous scientists and it is natural to ensure that the events arranged for the celebration in 2007 have a clear environmental profile. The now widespread concept of "sustainable development" is as natural a development of Linnaeus' work as the developments in ecology, botany and zoology. Celebration of the Linnaeus anniversary offers both an opportunity and a responsibility to work towards sustainable development. Linnaeus' work within several scientific fields can be used in an ecological context, and the educational investment in the relevant subjects will be made available for children and young people, the general public, tourists, operatives, and all institutions of education and schools.One way in which this takes place is through the educational programme for schools, while another way is through information about the environmental programme and the environmental policy on the website. Local activities are also being arranged.

Sustainable development in an international perspective usually links environmental considerations with economic and social aspects. Linnaeus was also involved in economic issues, everything from the economics of the family and local farms to national economics. One of the aims of the journey through Skåne in 1749, which was undertaken under the auspices of the country's rulers, and other journeys, was to investigate economic conditions.

Linnaeus was the first "ecologist", a concept that didn't exist until one hundred years later. His insights into ecology, the interactions and cycles of nature comprise a major part of his works, and form a foundation for his scientific work. Linnaeus created several concepts that were used subsequently by Charles Darwin, the father of evolutionary biology. Linnaeus has thus also contributed to the development of evolutionary biology.

The Environmental Effects of the Linnaeus Anniversary
Arranging travel and excursions for many people places demands on, for example, the use of energy and how to minimise the effect on the environment. Printing and the use, or otherwise, of disposable items are two other examples where environmental considerations must be weighed during the anniversary year. The Commission plans to inspire celebrations that give proper attention to environmental sensitivity, celebrations that minimize the use of energy, materials, and the natural world around us.

The Linnaeus Commission itself will not carry out operations in practice: the Commission encourages activities and approves their quality. This means that the Commission and its regional representatives will work in the spirit of Linnaeus through his insights into ecological resonances. This will take place by inspiring and encouraging:
The environmental programme includes two main parts: preventive and compensatory measures

  • Companies and other organizations, the general public, co-workers and others involved to act in a manner that is properly sensitive to the environment in association with the celebration of Linnaeus anniversary 2007, and in the subsequent period .
  • project-owners who have received quality approval to act towards ensuring a healthy environment for people and animals, and to protect the natural environment from harmful effects arising from the celebration of the anniversary.
  • project-owners to place environmental standards when purchasing materials and services, and when arranging transport.
  • project-owners to follow environmental legislation and other environmental requirements that affect them
  • the collection of contributions to the three main projects: compensation for carbon dioxide, nature protection, preservation of the rain forest and protection of the biodiversity

tree plantation in Africa and Baltic Sea projects
  • Public transportation as first choice

For more information contact
Widar Narvelo, co-ordinator of the environmental programme

All information on this web site is from the Linnaeus Tercentenary year of 2007 and has not been updated since. If using texts from this web site, please refer to Linnaeus2007 as the source.
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