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Ottawa, Ontario - April 22, 2017 The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement for Earth Day: “Today, we join the global community to celebrate Earth Day – a time to connect with nature and reaffirm our commitment to build a cleaner, more sustainable world for our children. “As Canadians, we have a responsibility to safeguard our planet and natural treasures. I am proud of the steps our Government has taken to protect the environment and promote clean growth. These...
In the culture of the Maori people of New Zealand, humans are deeply connected with nature; the two are equal and interdependent, even kin. The idea is reflected in the Maori word ‘kaitiakitanga’, which means guarding and protecting the environment in order to respect the ancestors and secure the future. The Maoris’ intimate relationship with their lands and the natural world is shared by many other indigenous peoples around the world, and highlights why these often marginalized groups are...
People only need to do the slightest thing to connect with nature and once it happens your passion is lit forever, Sir David Attenborough has told UN Environment Europe in an interview in the run-up to World Environment Day. The theme to the 2017 edition of UN Environment’s biggest awareness-raising event of the year on 5 June is ‘connecting people with nature’, and the legendary broadcaster reminds us that we are very much a part of it. “Every mouthful of food, every breath of air is owed to...
Whether spooking a deer on a woodland walk or peering at a bug that has touched down on our arm, connecting with nature is often an intimate, fleeting experience. But every trip outdoors is also a chance to help protect the wild places and things we cherish, thanks to the exploding popularity of citizen science. Anyone with an internet connection can record their sightings of plants and animals and submit them to a fast-growing array of national and global databases. This information has...
Whether an afternoon at the beach, an exhilarating weekend in the mountains or just a walk in the park after a hard day, millions of people around the world know how getting out into more natural surroundings makes you feel better. But the health benefits of ‘connecting people to nature,’ the theme of this year’s World Environment Day, go deeper than that. They include global gains for mental health, disease control and the discovery of life-improving medicines for today and for future...