Our Wish on Earth Day: A Healthy Planet for Healthy Families

By Genelle Adrien

April 21, 2017

Tomorrow is International Mother Earth Day or simply #EarthDay. It’s one of the largest civic observances in the world, gathering over 1 billion people. It is celebrated each year to remind us that the wellbeing of the earth and its ecosystems is intrinsically linked to the wellbeing of ourselves, our families and our communities. What we do now to protect Mother Earth improves livelihoods and ensures that we are creating the best chance of a livable planet for our kids, grandkids and generations to come.

The theme of this year’s Earth Day is “Environmental & Climate Literacy.” We’re encouraged to be empowered with knowledge about environmental protection and climate change so that we can take action to protect our planet. We’ve rounded up a few pieces of news, events and tips to help you get started!

A healthy planet = healthy children

A recently released WHO report shows that air pollution is one the biggest health threats to children under five years old. In fact, unsafe water, lack of sanitation, poor hygiene practices, indoor outdoor air pollution and environment-related injuries claim the lives 1.7 million children each year. While those numbers are startling, many of these deaths can be prevented if we know the risks and take action. Check out WHO’s infographic, “Protecting Children from the Environment” to learn more. You can also watch our Facebook Live interview where discuss how we can support a healthier planet and healthier families.

Small actions on Earth Day and every day can equal big change

Taking action to protect the environment can be easy. There are many things individuals and families can do. Climate Action, an initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme offers these small green changes:

  • Walk to work, cycle or take public transport
  • Cut back on single use plastics
  • Recycle
  • Go paperless
  • Go meat or dairy free at least once a week
  • Plant a tree
  • Buy local produce

The UN also has plans that make it easy for even the laziest person to take action. It’s called “The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World,” andoffers you things you can do (some from your couch!) to help protect the climate and support the global goals.

No matter where you are in the world, we hope that you take action this Earth Day and every day, to help protect our planet and support healthy and happy families.

Header Photo: Flickr user Booker Smith

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