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Earth Day 2018: A World Without Plastic Pollution

Since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated around the world on April 22.
 
According to Wikipedia, the first Earth Day celebrations took place in colleges and universities, primary and secondary schools and communities across the United States.
 
More importantly, it "brought 20 million Americans out into the spring sunshine for peaceful demonstrations in favor of environmental reform."
 
This year’s theme is: A World Without Plastic Pollution.  More info from EarthDay.org: From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet.
 
In response, Earth Day 2018 will focus on fundamentally changing human attitude and behavior about plastics and catalyzing a significant reduction in plastic pollution. 
 
Care of Earth is one aspect of the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto. By engaging in eco-spirituality, the Sisters work towards social justice, water justice and eco-justice. One of their most recent initiatives is becoming a “Blue Community.” This involves giving up the use of bottled water which, in turn, helps to alleviate plastic pollution.  
 
For more information, view this short video which was produced by the Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada and released on World Water Day 2018.

Interesting Facts about Earth Day:

  • In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, first celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere.
  • It is now the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year and observed in 192 countries.
  • The first Canadian Earth Day was held in 1980, organized by Paul D. Tinari, then a graduate student in Engineering Physics/Solar Engineering at Queen's University. 
  • Founded in 1990, Earth Day Canada is a national charity that inspires and supports people across the country to connect with nature and build resilient communities.
 
By Lisa Tabachnick

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