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Earth Day 2017 is this Saturday

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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Earth Day, also called International Mother Earth Day, will be observed in 192 countries around the world this Saturday, with a focus on environmental and climate literacy.


"Education is the foundation for progress. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet. We need to empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defence of environmental protection," Earth Day Network says on its website.


"Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies, but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs," it adds.


The network, which grew out of the first observance of Earth Day in 1970, is urging people to "gather with your community for an Environmental & Climate Literacy Teach-In or another project focused on education".


Its website has a range of toolkits that will assist.


Further, Earth Day Network is launching a campaign for global environmental and climate literacy by Earth Day 2020, by which time it hopes 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. The signing of the Paris Agreement is one step towards mitigating the impacts of climate change. Education needs to be a key part of this effort," the network said.


It added: "In the coming months, Earth Day Network will release research on the status of environmental literacy policies in the United States. We will also be joining a large collaborative network of non-profits, government organisations, 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. Education is the key to advocacy and advocacy is the key to change."

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