Europa 2016 - Ecology in Europe SI

Europa 2016 - Ecology in Europe

The planet has a climate problem: since
the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have risen by more than 142
percent, with concentrations of the
greenhouse gases methane and nitrous
oxide also rising by 253 and 121 percent
respectively. Something must be done.
As a climate scientist put it: “If the climate
were a bank, we would long since have
bailed it out.” According to calculations,
the point of no return for Miami, for example, is set to be reached in 2041 – if global warming continues at its current rate. After that, there will be no guarantee that the city (along with all its banks) will not disappear beneath the waves one day. It is a scenario reminiscent of disaster movies. But let’s not maint a wholly dark picture. Instead, let’s re-double our efforts to save the planet: think green – be green! To serve as a reminder, the European postal organisations, including Swiss Post, are issuing joint special stamps in 2016.

Technical Details

Issue Date: 04.05.2016
Designer: Doxia Sergidou, Cyprus (“Think Green” special stamp), Nicola Carpi and Dina Christ, Zurich (“Be Green” special stamp)
Printer: Giesecke & Devrient, Leipzig, Germany
Process: Offset
Colours: 4 Colours
Size: Stamps: 40×32.5 mm, Sheet: 190×162 mm (4 rows of 4 stamps) 2 motifs on one sheet
Values: CHF 1.00 x 2