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Ottawa, Apr 22 (Canadian-Media): Earth Day (ED) celebrated every year on April 22 is a global event, and each year reportedly more than 1 billion people in 192 countries take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world.
ED 2018 will focus on fundamentally changing human attitude and behavior about plastics and catalyzing a significant reduction in plastic pollution.
Earth Day 2018. Image credit: Wikipedia
Earth Day Network (EDN) -- the organization that leads Earth Day worldwide -- announced today that Earth Day 2018 will focus on mobilizing the a global effort to End Plastic Pollution.
EDN’s End Plastic Pollution campaign includes four major components: a movement to regulate plastic pollution world wide; educating, mobilizing and activating citizens across the globe to clean up plastic pollution where people globally take personal responsibility for to reject, reduce, reuse and recycle plastics, and promoting local government regulatory and other efforts to tackle plastic pollution.
ED was first started on 22nd April, 1970 when millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development, media reports said.
In July of 1907, they created the Environmental Protection Agency, and robust environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, among many.
With the spread of smog In the United States (US) and around the world, there was growing evidence that pollution led to developmental delays in children.
Heavy use of pesticides and other pollutants reportedly led to the decline of Biodiversity and led to the growing body of evidence that decomposing plastics are creating serious global problems.
ED is a day of political action and civic participation when people march, sign petitions, meet with their elected officials, plant trees, clean up their towns and roads.
Corporations and governments use it to make pledges and announce sustainability measures. Faith leaders, including Pope Francis, connect Earth Day with protecting God’s greatest creations, humans, biodiversity and the planet that we all live on.
EDN educates millions of people about the health and other risks associated with the use and disposal of plastics, including pollution of our oceans, water, and wildlife, and about poisoning and injuring marine life, disrupting human hormones with presence of plastics in our food and causing major life-threatening diseases and threatening our planet’s survival.
EDN has built a multi-year campaign to End Plastic Pollution.
Our goals include ending single-use plastics, promoting alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials, promoting 100 percent recycling of plastics, corporate and government accountability and changing human behavior concerning plastics.
EDN will leverage the platform of ED and the growing interest in the 50th Anniversary of ED in 2020 as a catalyst for global action and is committed to increasing global environmental and climate literacy by ED 2020.
EDN is dedicated to ensuring that every student around the world graduates high school as an environmental and climate literate citizen, ready to take action and be a voice for change.
This goal is not only an enormous undertaking, it is critical and timely.
In preparation for ED 2020, we seek to mobilize a new generation who have the knowledge, skills, and willingness to take action to protect their planet. Education needs to be a key part of this effort.
EDN has released research on the status of environmental literacy policies in the United States. We have also joined a large collaborative network of nonprofits, government organizations, and business leaders in a campaign for global environmental and climate literacy.
This is more than a campaign issue and more than a US issue, this is a global issue. We ask that you help us take a stand and support teaching for environmental and climate literacy in K-12 schools.
EDN has developed a K-12 Toolkit to guide teachers with curriculum designed around environmental and climate literacy. This education initiative, although introduced as the theme for 2017, is crucial and relevant to creating the foundation for Earth Day 2020 and beyond.
This will involve the integration of environmental education into current state curricula, propose graduation requirements for environmental literacy, suggest steps for teacher professional development, detail assessment strategies, and propose funding sources and policy action steps.
It is reportedly well known that hurricanes feed off warm water, which in turn heated by global warming makes hurricanes worse. Climate change also causes sea levels to rise and makes storm surges higher.
Our planet is currently reportedly losing over 15 billion trees each year—that’s 56 acres of forest every minute!
EDN’s Canopy Project aims to plant trees to benefit local communities, increase habitat for species, and combat climate change.
As deforestation and poverty are locked in a harmful relationship, it’s the world’s poor whose health and livelihood suffers most.
Since 2010, EDN’s Canopy Project has helped restore the US urban tree canopy in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas, San Jose, San Diego, Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Flint, Atlanta and Baltimore.
In Ontario, Gen- Earth (Generation Earth), a vibrant young ED celebration in the heart of Toronto bringing people together of all ages and from all cultures to celebrate Mother Earth.
The event's goal is to motivate our youth, our communities and our policy makers to take urgent action to protect our ecosystems and the environment. With an exciting multimedia platform for inspiring new and collaborative solutions, Gen-Earth will feature engaging speakers, storytellers, musicians & artists, eco-conscious vendors & exhibitors, education, and environmentally regenerative ideas to help heal and cool our planet.
Earth Day at Downsview Park has been a yearly tradition. Thousands of trees have been planted by families, groups and organizations. For our 2018 ED celebration new and different programming, are offered, including an afternoon of stewardship and education activities.
Celebrate Earth Day by planting native trees and shrubs in Warden Woods is a planting event for community groups, individuals and families. Planting equipment and materials are provided. Volunteers should dress for the weather, wear comfortable clothing, sturdy closed-toe shoes, long pants, and bring sunscreen and drinking water.
The North Grenville Sustainability Fair and Market will also be celebrated on Earth Day this year from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Grenville Municipal Centre.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)