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Awareness days

It’s the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

The Earth Day website has this to say about this year's theme: The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.Climate change represents the biggest challenge to… Continue reading It’s the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Awareness days, Mental health

It’s International Day of Happiness

Today is the International Day of Happiness, an observance day marked by the United Nations since 2013 after it was first proposed by Bhutan.  In keeping with the fact that we are in the midst of a global pandemic, this year's theme is #HappinessForAllTogether. There are also #TenStepsToGlobalHappiness set out for this year: Let's stick… Continue reading It’s International Day of Happiness

Awareness days, Social issues & social justice

International Women’s Day #EachforEqual

It's International Women's Day, and the theme for this year is #EachforEqual.  THE IWD website has this to say about this year's theme: "An equal world is an enabled world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden… Continue reading International Women’s Day #EachforEqual

Awareness days, Mental health

It’s Random Acts of Kindness Day

I discovered this morning from LittleTinkablee's blog that today is Random Acts of Kindness Day. According to the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, these are some of the benefits of kindness: releases the feel-good hormone oxytocin, which also lowers blood pressure boosts energy stimulates the brain's reward centre produces endorphins, which decrease pain decreases levels… Continue reading It’s Random Acts of Kindness Day

International Men's Day
Awareness days

Happy International Men’s Day!

Happy International Men's Day!  This year's theme is "making a difference for men and boys." There is an International Men's Day website, but it's down at the moment, presumably because of too much traffic.  However, based on Google's cached version: "International Men’s Day encourages men to teach the boys in their lives the values, character… Continue reading Happy International Men’s Day!

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Awareness days, Social issues & social justice

It’s World Toilet Day – and Yes, That’s a Thing

I love a good toilet joke, but this actually isn't one.  World Toilet Day is an initiative of UN-Water, the United Nations agency that deals with sanitation.  This year's theme is leaving no one behind, which speaks to the 4.2 billion people worldwide who don't have access to safe sanitation. The numbers are astonishing.  Open defecation… Continue reading It’s World Toilet Day – and Yes, That’s a Thing

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Awareness days, Mental health, Suicide

It’s World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day (the 27th annual), and this year's focus is on mental health promotion and suicide prevention. The message from the president of the World Federation for Mental Health, which organizes World Mental Health Day, states: "The object of making suicide prevention the theme of World Mental Health Day in 2019 is… Continue reading It’s World Mental Health Day