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Keeping with the theme of 2017 Earth Day, Environmental and Climate Literacy, Canada celebrated Earth Day yesterday by its message to people across the country to get outside to connect with nature, media reports said.
Founded in 1990, Earth Day Canada (EDC) is a national charity with a vision to inspire and support to connect people of all ages across the country to interact with the natural environment and build strong communities, Earth Day Canada reports said.
In the year 2016, 25th Anniversary Earth Flag was signed by over 250,000 students and public officials across Canada, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
EDC works closely with school-aged children and youth through our EcoKids program and new EarthPLAY initiative campaigns via our Hometown Heroes Awards to foster commitment to make our planet healthier.
A recent UNICEF study ranked Canada 24th out of 29 countries with regards to children’s health and happiness; 20 percent of them were considered obese; and about 70 percent of Canadian youth get outside for less than an hour each day, said Deb Doncaster, President of EDC.
Doncaster continued to say that EDC is working hard to bring back adventure playgrounds, which would motivate kids get outside to remain active, happy and healthy and foster in them a deeper sense of community.
The theme for Earth Day 2017 is Environmental and Climate Literacy.
For Earth Day 2017, Earth Day Network is launching toolkits as resources to give schools, colleges, and community groups across the world to hold their own teach-ins for Environmental and Climate Literacy or other Earth Day events with a goal to achieve global climate and environmental literacy by Earth Day 2020.
This goal, said Earth Day Network, is not only a huge undertaking, it is critical and timely and added they are dedicated to see that every student around the world graduates high school as an environmental and climate literate citizen.
Earth Day Network said the signing of the Paris Agreement is one step towards alleviating the impacts of climate change.
United States Environmental Protection Agency had been created towards the end of 1970 and the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts had all passed.
In 1990, Earth Day went global, organising 200 million people in 141 countries to bring environmental issues onto the world stage and promoted recycling efforts worldwide.
This also helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
Now, Earth Day is the largest secular celebration in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year, said Earth Day Network.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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