April 22: International Mother Earth Day

| April 18, 2016

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The 2016 International Mother Earth Day follows months of news stories and international discussions about the impact of climate change on the Earth and its population. This year, on Earth Day, foreign dignitaries will sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at the UN Headquarters in New York. This agreement commits countries to limit global temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius.

The theme for this year’s Earth Day is “Trees for the Earth.” Trees help to combat climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide and pollutants from the atmosphere.

Trees are also important for conserving biodiversity and as a source of economic sustainability for many communities. Many people depend on trees for food, fuel, and income.

For more information on Earth Day, go to: http://www.un.org/en/events/motherearthday/index.shtml 

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