The Climate Report 2017/18 - Page 47



Earth Day Network supports and
partners with groups and
environmental actions of all
kinds on Earth Day (April 22) and
beyond. This year EDN had over
100 partner organizations across
the world working to advance
environmental protection, and
over one billion people
participated in an Earth Day
2017 action.
LAGOS, NIGERIA: CLIMATE LITERACY TRAINING
Climate Aid, in collaboration with other not-for-profit organizations, hosted a climate
literacy training and a tree planting for 195 students. The objective was to raise
climate change awareness among students and equip them with the knowledge
and tools they need to address the threats that climate change poses to their future.
Concerned citizens from all walks of life
organized teach-ins at the first Earth Day in
1970. Earth Day teach-ins help educate and
mobilize citizens across America to demand
that Congress act to protect the
environment. Ultimately, this activism led to
landmark regulations, the creation of the US
Environmental Protection Agency, and
more. This year Earth Day Network returned
to this strategy. Teach-ins can be held in any
local community - universities, houses of
worship, community organizations, and
more.
For Earth Day 2017, Earth Day
Network developed tools to give
schools, colleges, and
community groups across the
world the resources to hold their
own teach-ins for environmental
and climate literacy.
BAGHDAD, IRAQ: EARTH DAY FESTIVAL
NGOs, private companies, governments, and individuals participated in
the Earth Day Festival. The Festival included an eco-bag fair,
performances, an environmental photography fair, youth talks, climate
change awareness sessions in schools, and community cleaning
campaigns.
A successful teach-in educates an audience about a global environmental issue and how their
local area is impacted by the global issue, and empowers and mobilizes the community to take
informed civic action to protect the environment. At the end of each teach-in, the audience walks
away prepared to advance progress on climate action and environmental protection.
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