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Earth Day 2017 - What's It All  About?

This weekend’s encore to Easter may not be as egg-citing but you could certainly encourage the argument that it is more important. We’re speaking of Earth Day of course. Earth day has opened the door for us to continue with the ‘E’ alliteration as the theme is all about environment, education and engagement.

Those of you who thought that Earth Day was just a trending hashtag, think again.

Enveloping us this year on the 22nd April, Earth Day 2017 shifts the focus onto environmental education and literacy, encouraging us to read and educate ourselves more on topics of climate change, sustainability and environment.

Flickr | Moyan BrennTo get people motivated, the brains behind the banners have created all sorts of events around the world for local people to get involved with in the hope that people will take the next steps in fighting human-induced climate change.

Rallies, lectures, teach-ins, classes, workshops and many other all-inclusive and all-invited activities are being held to inspire us take the reins of our own education on environmental issues issues so that the ripple effect will push towards action.

Partnering with a huge number of organisations around the world, the feelers of Earth day touch 193 countries and plays host to some of the biggest awareness campaigns you can find. It was on Earth Day that the landmark Paris Agreement was signed by 120 countries in 2015.

By U.S. Department of State from United States [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsThis year, the main story is the March for Science, a series of rallies occurring in over 500 cities globally, involving millions of people, to celebrate the role of science in our everyday lives and the future of science in combatting the devastating effects of climate change.

Tool kits and "get-involved" information is available readily online for people who want to stand up to climate change and those that cause it, just use that Google thing. The kits involve info on what’s happening and where, how to get involved, the aims and objectives of the day, the successes of the past and the goals of the future.

Education and literacy are the themes this year so if you want to get involved in your own small way then read a journal, watch a documentary, watch the news, pick up a leaflet or walk to work instead of drive. Learn what you can, read what you can and you’ll be a part of it. Embrace Earth Day in your way and a difference will be made.

Flickr | Fort MyersAs you can see, it’s a big deal and well worth keeping a close eye on. Earth Day affects the administrations that govern us, the policies that determine our air quality, our petrol prices, our house building habits, our open green spaces, the food we eat and our future on our planet Earth. It’s not just a hashtag.

By Guy Bezant - Online Content Editor

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