April 17

Motivation Mondays: Earth Day for Environmental & Climate Literacy

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“On Earth Day, we celebrate all the gifts the world and nature make available to us. We recognize our complete dependence on its bounty. And we acknowledge the need for good stewardship to preserve its fruits for future generations.”  John Hoeven

Motivation Mondays: Earth Day for Environmental & Climate Literacy
Motivation Mondays: Earth Day for Environmental & Climate Literacy


Earth Day 50 |Earth Day Network

Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in nearly 200 countries to build environmental democracy. The theme for Earth Day 2017 is Environmental and Climate Literacy. Before we can solve the dire environmental threats facing us in the 21st century, we must build a global citizenry knowledgeable in environmental science and fluent in local and global ecological issues. Earthday.org

On April 22, 1970, the environmental movement  we now know as Earth Day was launched by the Earth Day Network as an urgent call to action to address the many environmental issues that were  decimating our planet.  This year, the theme for Earth Day 2017 is Environmental and Climate Literacy and it is an important theme because without education and action, we might not meet the  50th anniversary countdown to 2020 goal of combating pollutants and climate change. Is it feasible? Sure. Did you know that 20 million people responded to that first call to action? And since that first effort, over 200 million people have participated in spreading the word on ways to keep our planet alive and sustainable. Did you know that the sustained effort and action taken by passionate men and women in 1970 and beyond bore fruit? The collective action of the movement participants led to the passage of the Clean Air ActClean Water ActEndangered Species Act, many other successes and shape shifting environmental laws? If we all do our part, anything can be achieved.

On Saturday, April 22, we will gather at different venues around the world to celebrate Earth Day and remember that, for our collective survival on the planet, it is imperative that we protect and nurture our earth by educating ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities on ways to reduce our carbon footprint and increase plant life that will purify our atmosphere.  This year, there are Toolkits: Earth Day in a Box  and  Teach-In materials to help us learn how to rally others in our circle of influence, educate each other and armed with information, stay motivated and take decisive action to protect our environment. Participate in a Teach-In to help you get on top of your carbon footprint.

 READ: EDN’s climate education initiative, The Story of Climate Change  the first-ever iTextbook on climate change.

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for March/April 2017 are:

MARCH

03/ – March is Women’s History Month, National Nutrition Month, American Red Cross Month, Irish-American Heritage Month, 03/01 – Ash Wednesday and Zero Discrimination Day, 03/03, World Wildlife Day
03/06 – 08, International Women’s Day 09, World Kidney Day
03/13 –  12, Purim starts and Daylight Savings Day, 13, Holi, 14, Pi Day, 17, Saint Patrick’s Day
03/20 – 20, International Day of Happiness/ First day of Spring, 21, World Poetry Day, 22, World Water Day 23 Puppy Day, 24, TB Day
03/27 – 27, Doctors Day

APRIL

04/03 –    6, International Day of Sport, 7 World Health Day
04/10 –    9, Palm Sunday, 11, Start of Passover, 14, Good Friday
04/17 –    16, Easter,  22, Earth Day,
04/24 –    24, Remembrance Day

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“If we are ever to halt climate change and conserve land, water and other resources, not to mention reduce animal suffering, we must celebrate Earth Day every day – at every meal.” Ingrid Newkirk

Motivation Mondays: Earth Day for Environmental & Climate Literacy
Motivation Mondays: Earth Day for Environmental & Climate Literacy


7 Eye-Opening Facts for Earth Day | Mashable

Did You Know these 7 Facts?
1. Atmospheric CO2 concentrations are at a record high: greater than 400 ppm
2. We dump 19.4 billion pounds of plastic into the ocean every year
3. An estimated 18 million acres of forest are lost each year
4. Earth is facing a 40% shortfall in water supply by 2030
5. Climate change-related extreme events, plus population growth, could increase hunger by up to 20% by 2050
6. September Arctic sea ice extent is declining at a rate of 13.3% per decade
7. Earth is off to its warmest start on record Sources: NOAA, NASA, Science Mag study, WFP, UNESCO, FAO, Live Science

 

How can we stay informed on environmental and climate change issues? This year, there are Toolkits: Earth Day in a Box  and  Teach-In materials we can access to help us get and stay informed. When we talk of the environment and getting educated about ways we contribute to the problem some people laugh it off. What issues do we need to be aware of? As shared in a previous post, we can’t forget that knowledge is power and we must act to change… one by one, we can. Do you think all the outcry about climate change is a hoax? Climate Literacy is Key: Read up and stay informed.  Do know what your household’s carbon footprint is? Calculate it with the EPA tool
What do you know about the quality of air you breathe and the impact of poor air quality? Learn about our Air
Did you know that the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) helps prevent pollution in your community, by holding industrial facilities accountable for toxic chemicals they release into the environment?  Learn more about the impact of chemicals and toxins around you.
Are you ready to handle emergencies such as natural and hazardous disasters in your area? This is not a scare tactic just a reminder to stay informed so you can help your loved ones and your community.

Living Green is becoming ubiquitous and each of us can choose to do so without incurring huge costs. Our actions in the environment can help or hurt our planet so anyway we can live green gets a thumbs up. Are you living green?
Did you know that without health and safety regulations, environmental hazards can pose a huge threat to our lives? Learn how to stay healthy and safe.
As much as we enjoy the beautiful landscapes around us, there is still a great need for us to stay informed about land and clean up issues that occur when toxins are spilled into our sewage and streams or dumped in our oceans. The impact of such pollutants on our land can be long ranging.
By now, we all know about the hazards of pesticides in our food, water, air and homes. We must educate ourselves to ensure that our kids are not exposed to high levels of dangerous toxins and pesticides…
Do you know how to manage your waste and protect your water supply?  Everything we do creates waste and we must learn about safe and practical ways to dispose of it.  When our water supply is polluted, it can lead to long term illness and life threatening disease. What do you know about your water supply? What do you know about the environment? This is the year to get informed with a ToolKit. Participate in a Teach-In to help you, your loved ones and your community!

Have a Happy, Healthy 2017!

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Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for the months above/below)
Email address: You may email or share your post as a comment and I will add it to the round-up of related posts. email it to: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com
Category tag: – Share your post using Motivation Mondays
Twitter hashtag: – Use this on Twitter #MotvnM
Dedicated Page: There is a dedicated page for Motivation Mondays. It has the same instructions and will include other helpful tools and a link to the round-up
Facebook Page: MotivationOnMondays Join our page and add your post and/or any motivational piece you think will be helpful to others.
Facebook Community: We have a Facebook community forum to compliment the page. It serves as another way to share uplifting posts and thoughts. Please join in and add your voice.

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Earth Day via Wikipedia  and Earth Day via Pixabay

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  • Trying to lead a more “green” life is very important, for sure. It’s an important topic! Great post!

  • It’s really important that we do our best to save the environment. I didn’t know that Earth day has been around since the 70s. To be honest, I only learned about it when I was in college. I will definitely participate in what we have prepared for that day!

  • Great one! Everyone needs motivation and you have written a lot on Motivation Monday.
    I need time to read every post!
    As a travel blogger I’m aware of how important our earth is!! I always look forward to get a chance to save environment and educate people.

  • It’s definitely important to take care of the earth as it is the planet we live on. And it’s important for us to do so to make it habitable for future generations.

  • I love that Earth Day is celebrated around the world. This is a great day to get motivated about taking care of the earth

  • My friends and I are doing a clean-up drive on Earth Day. We’re hoping people in our community would come and join us in this project. 🙂

  • I’ve never heard of Earth Day and found this very interesting, especially the section about living green. Lots for me to think about

  • I loved the seven facts part of this, I love anything environmental, I’m all about reducing my carbon footprint. Thanks very much, fabulous post! x
    Lots of love,
    Marina Rosie xx

  • This is such an important issue we need to pay attention to, and so many just don’t know how to get started. There is so much we can do as individuals to help save our Earth and encourage others to do the same. Earth day is the perfect time to get started and take those first steps.

  • what more can we do to safe guard our world today? the earth is so full of its natural blessing and climate issues are one big hell taking us all by surprise, thanks for writting and bringing this up.

  • Love your motivation Monday posts! Thank you for inspiring us in the beginning of each week!

  • I totally forgot Earth Day was coming up! Last year we planted a few trees around the neighborhood, but I am unsure of what we are doing this year.

  • For this year’s Earth Day, i think it is going to be important to educate the people that global warming and climate change aren’t hoaxes created by the Chinese government. Climate change is real and is happening whether we deny it or not.

  • I love the depth you gave to the topic and the awareness too. Environmental and Climate change are real things we should pay more attention to

  • My family used to recycle waste materials! most of our stuff in the yard are all recycled! i think we have contributed good deeds for our environment!

  • I feel terrible that I was oblivious of most of these facts! It’s scary when you think about it just how damaged our environment has become. Such an informative post.

  • We typically spend Earth Day at our local community event where there’s either a cleanup or tree planting of some sort. We have to sit it out this year as my hubby is having surgery two days prior to Earth Day, but we will miss participating. So instead, we set out some new plants and trees at our house over the past few weekends. Every little thing counts.

  • Earth day is a lovely time to reflect on how this great planet has supported the human race (and animals and plants and all life) for billions of years. I pray that the future generations (and hopefully the current admin. with being enlightened) will place a great importance in taking care of our home.

  • Thanks for the great post on Earth Day. It’s been a long time since we’ve done anything for that day. LOL Guess we need to start again with the granddaughter 🙂

  • We should all know how to clean the environment so we can avoid water, air and land pollution. We must all love the earth. Happy earth day!

  • It saddens me to see the destruction that is being caused to the place that we are meant to call home. Even I who does care about the environment has found that we all contribute to its destruction, even without realizing. Happy earth day may we learn to protect it.

  • I love the photos you picked for this collage. It is important to keep the planet safe for our future generations.

  • I think it’s important to partake in Earth Day activities, especially if we have children. It teaches them it’s important to respect where we live, and they will remember it if we make it a big deal.

  • Having studied the environment and climate change extensively back in uni, it’s so important for us to be aware of what is happening. We need to take action in our daily lives by changing our habits, and Earth Day is always a good reminder.

  • We do try to live green–sort of. We recycle at least. I do use plastic bags, but I re-use them. I’ll have to check out that tool kit.

  • I think it should be earth day everyday! This is the only planet we have and we must take care of it to guarantee our existence. My family has shifted to all natural cleaners and I upcycle old t-shirts into pillow covers. It is just our simple way to celebrate Earth day!

  • 1970! I had no idea Earth Day was that old. Maybe we need to really focus on the earth each day. Great post and ideas.

  • I’m really conscious about our environment. I’ve been teaching the grandkids how important it is to take care of our surroundings. I’ll have to check out Earth Day in a Box and Teach-In materials.

  • I agree that this year’s theme is vitally important. Until we can educate our citizens and actually come to an agreement on the effects happening to the climate, we will not make much progress in protecting the environment. I didn’t know that there was an Earth Day Network, but it’s reassuring to know they are working so hard on our behalf.

  • I hope more people become more environmental friendly and help keep this Earth clean. I believe climate change is real and we are the only ones who can manage it. Look forward to Earth Day, might do a beach clean up.

  • This is such a great reminder to take care of our earth. With summer approaching I have so many plans to plant trees, start a garden, and a compost pile. It is so important to help save the earth even if you start with baby steps.

  • I’m so glad Earth Day exists! It’s a beautiful thing to see people take care of a place that keeps us all alive. Most people don’t realize how important it is until it’s gone – let’s hope we don’t get there!

  • Didn’t realize Earth Day is coming right after Easter. And you have a lot of activities fo participate to. I love the Did You Know part of your post. Very informative.

  • We are looking forward to celebrating Earth Day this weekend. Since I home school my boys we’ve been doing lessons on Spring and about plants growing. I have a bunch of books and art projects lined up to do with the boys to teach about caring for our planet. It’s so important to take care of Earth!

  • It is so important to be educated about the environment. I like to use Earth day as a way to start a conversation with my kids on their impact with the World and how they can make positive changes.

  • Earth Day is an important day for our world. I hope that people start considering ways to help keep our natural resources available for the long haul.

  • The entire nation needs to celebrate earth day every day! It saddens me that some people do not care about it as much others do. I know I cannot control others but I can control what I can do to help our planet.

  • “UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. ”

    As an elementary teacher, Earth Day is one of my favorite holidays. One I try to remind my students to live every day, not just in April. I just love The Lorax….so I love the excuse to quote him 🙂

  • I have posted a few things for Earth day. It’s so important to share – thanks!

  • We should be responsible citizens and help our environment for we will benefit from it.

  • Very interesting to see all the history behind Earth Day. The more you know 😉

  • Love the insightful quote from John Hoeven. I definitely agree with you that it is crucial to be informed about the Earth and be good stewards of our resources. We must protect and preserve our nature’s gifts at all costs.

  • I can’t believe Earth Day crept by us so fast! It’s one of my favorite days because it serves as such a good reminder! This post is super insightful and really sparked me. Thank you! Let’s all work harder for our Earth!

  • I found so much inspiration in the post from today, I didn’t know it is Earth day but because I have kids I am really involved in this I love to educate them how to take care about environment and how we can keep our planet safer for now and their future.

  • Earth Day has become one of the most widely celebrated environmental events. I am really glad that you post it here.

  • Every single day should be Earth day, I know it is for me. Not a day goes buy that my hands aren’t in the soil, planting and giving back to nature what God has graciously placed there for us to enjoy!

  • I’ve always celebrated earth day although I didn’t realize all of the information behind it. Thanks for the insight, I’m going to keep doing my part to help keep our environment clean.

  • Earth Day is not as big over here in the UK as it should be! I love this and will share it and get involved!

  • I didn’t know Earth Day has been around for so long. We seriously need to start taking better care of our planet!!!

  • My birthday falls exactly on Earth Day, and, as someone who is very environmentally aware, it’s an opportunity for me to teach my kids about green-friendly products that they can give me as gifts, such as making creative artwork using “just” leaves and sticks and natural material found outside in the yard, or recycling old products we have in the house to make new things instead of buying something new. Keep doing what you do! People need to become aware of how important taking care of our planet is.

  • My friends and I have a clean-up drive happening this weekend, and we’re hoping it’d be a success. So far we have a good number of confirmed attendees and volunteers. 🙂

  • So we wanted to take a moment to celebrate the efforts we all make to help keep the earth clean.

  • I am excited about Earth Day! We plan on planting some flowers in our front yard.

  • I’ve always love your motivational article. This is such an insightful post about something that affects us all!

  • My kids were just saying how quickly it’s come around again. We tend to go and clean up the local beach on Earth Day. And I always run projects on Google+ for it, one of them, food based.

  • Each year I try to think of one more thing I can do to preserve our resources and make an effort to implement it in my life.

  • One of the ways I think we can also do to help preserve our environment is to avoid over-fishing. In my country, some fishing towns ban fishermen from catching baby fish. I guess it is good to have such restrictions. That way the fish are allowed to grow into adults and be able to spawn and propagate their species.

  • I love that this is a thing – we as humans take and take from the planet, but we are often forgetting (or outright neglecting) to give back, and it saddens me. The worst part is it only takes small adjustments to make it better.

  • Earth Day is fast approaching and we have so much to be thankful for because of her. She is something that we really must take care of.

  • It’s so important to keep our earth safe. Everyone have to do their part. Happy earth day to fellow earthlings!

  • It always makes me sad when people destroy the environment. Earth Day is great chance to remind everyone, that our planet is not just for us- humans.

  • We should all be doing more to protect Mother Earth. It is our only home, after all, and if we destroy it, then we destroy ourselves.

  • This is such an important day to celebrate. I had no idea we lost 18 million acres of forest each year. That is devastating.

  • Every day should be an earth day, we need to take care of our environment and that ill rewards us and our kids!

  • Perfect timing on this post. As Earth Day approaches, I can’t help but think about the number of “green” products available today. It’s such a great thing to see because it’s for a greater good.

  • We only have one planet. We have too much destruction going on for people to ignore it. I think every day should be Earth Day. It might not affect us, but the impact of our actions will weigh heavy on future generations.

  • I had no idea Earth Day had been around as long as it has. It’s hard to think of anything more important to celebrate than this beautiful planet where we get to live!

  • Wow, this is a cool post for me and I love the story and History of our Earth. Glad you share this with us

  • We live in a world of limited resources. Man is responsible for keeping these resources viable for their future generations. Unfortunately, instead of being the stewards, Man had become the cause of demise for many species in the past. This has got to stop.

  • Earth Day hasn’t been mentioned by my nephew, and I really haven’t heard much about it anywhere else – like TV or online or the news. To me, that’s really sad.

  • I love this day and wish people remember to take care of our planet not just that day but every day. Earth really need us!

  • Earth day is a timely reminder that we should really take care of mother nature. I hope the advocacy gets supported more.

  • Earth Day has become one of the most widely celebrated environmental events across the globe. Its all about appreciating the uniqueness of our planet Earth with its incredible biodiversity.

  • This is good to know. We really do need to start being much better to our planet. Sometimes it feels hopeless because the planetary damage is system and performed by those in power. What can us “little guys” do? But we can’t give up…we can’t..

  • This is such a great blog post to remind us that we should love and take good care of our mother earth. I like the Theme for this year’s celebration of Earth Day. we really need to educate ourselves on how we can help our mother earth in all possible ways to elude the pollution and all that can harm the earth. Thank you so much for sharing!

    LaiAriel R. Samangka

  • We should be celebrating The Earth every day, not only on the 22nd of April. We only have one and we should really be taking much more care of it because once it’s destroyed, it’s gone. And we want our children and grandchildren to live in a beautiful natural world, like we do, not in a polluted industrialized one.

  • It is truly important to value nature and our environment. There are many ways to celebrate this place. One of this is practicing good habits in helping conserve and protect our environment.

    ❀ Grace ❀

  • Oh man this is so scary that we might not reach our goal. I try to recycle and save energy as much as I can.

  • Looking through this reminds me of what we as human beings are capable of and with a little tweaking we could be capable of so much more. It seems a shame, but i feel like we are all trying to do our bit to get that bit closer to so much more. So many of the images you posted here are quite beautiful too The simplicity of them is quite something.

  • My son loves Earth Day! I can’t wait to show him your facts! I don’t know if he knows those yet or not.

  • I adore earth day. Being aware of the beautiful earth we live on and better learning how to take care of it just gets me so excited.

  • We will be celebrating Earth Day this weekend at our local zoo. I think it is important to teach out children young about our planet!

  • It’s about time to be more serious about taking care of our planet Earth. It’s important to be aware and have knowledge about it but it’s more important to take action.

  • Earth Day always sneaks up on me. I appreciate this refresher and definitely learned some new facts! Thanks for sharing!

  • We are always looking for ways we can live a greener lifestyle in our house. It’s also been really great to hear my son talk about ways to help the Earth when he comes home from school.

  • I love teaching my kids more about Earth Day through crafting, but also through example. It is important for us to take care of our Earth.

  • I never knew about Earth Day Celebrations, It is really very important to take care of this land we live in

  • Yes, I agree we only have one earth and we need to take care of it. Btw thanks for the Inspiring post

  • I’m glad that more establishments and home here in my country now celebrate Earth Day and teach practices on how to take care of our Earth.

  • I’m so environmentally aware and wish others were. Glad you’re spreading knowledge about Earth Day.

  • Growing up with my Mom who is very thrifty helps us to grow and learn to be creative and thrifty too. We do recycling and become our lifestyle.

  • Earth day has snuck up on me this year. I’ll have to see what’s happening where I am as I love to celebrate the planet and discuss way to treat it well.

  • What a great post! Thank you for spreading the word about this years Earth Day focus!

  • It’s good that so many people care about the earth. We always celebrate Earth Day.

  • Thanks for the Monday motivation I’m really Inspire with all your post.

  • That’s so awesome. I totally forgot about Earth Day. Thanks for spreading the word

  • This is good, learning about Environmental & Climate Literacy. Your post can serve as a conduit for everyone to show concern on our planet’s goodness.
    ~ ONE SPORTY MOTHER

  • I was just talking to my son about how important it is to take care of our planet. It is like a tee shirt I saw: there is no planet B!

  • Let’s make everyday Earth Day. Let’s celebrate every living creatures and take care of them daily. I am surre that would make a great difference in the world.

  • Such an important day. We all need to be aware and understand the true meaning of Earth Day. We must take care of our Earth in every way.

  • Wow, you definitely did your research! I didn’t know any of that history for Earth Day! I obviously learned very little about it in school and I went to chemical engineering school so environmental sustainability is key to what we do. Thanks so much for educating me!

  • Those facts are concerning. I wonder what kind of days the younger generations will have to see. We all need to do our part

  • I hope Im able to attend at one of the events. Its really great that you create awareness of all these things!

  • That’s an insightful post Elizabeth! I believe being courteous to Mother Earth must be in our thought and blood every moment of everyday for any change to occur!

  • Lol. I heard someone say Eart day was for nerds and tree huggers. I wonder what planet they were from?

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