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Earth Day 2015

Earth Day 2015
 

Suddenly, the idea occurred to me - why not organize a huge grassroots protest over what was happening to our environment?
Senator Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day

Though Earth Day will come and go, as will Earth month, we are decidedly facing the most important and definitive crisis to our very livelihood as a species since… well there is no since, rather since ever.

I don’t like to use the word ‘crisis’.  This word usually repels people to the point of immediately disengaging from the conversation or passing it off as a reoccurring topic within every generation’s timeframe.

The truth is that environmental challenges are facing us despite which country, which home, or which body you live in. And our scientists themselves have named it a crisis, very often and very loudly.

Does the naming of April 22 as International Earth Day truly change the world? Does taking one day to teach children the importance of the environment by planting a tree really do this crisis justice? You may have a pessimistic response on the tip of your tongue BUT these seemingly small steps do add on to a network that is well under way to better the world and encourage people to live a cleaner, healthier and more peaceful partnership with our planet.

Earth Day was born in 1970. In 1962, Senator Gaylord Nelson realised that the environment was a non-issue in his country’s political system. There was no platform available for the people to express their concern for and commitment to the safety of the environment. After getting President Kennedy to agree to tour the U.S and work towards putting the environment on the political agenda, the idea to organize a movement only occurred to Nelson in 1969 while he watched protests against the Vietnam War rage across the country. In 1970, the first Earth Day grassroots movement in the history of the United States was celebrated by millions. This event encouraged 20 million people across the country to self organize community activities, protests, and gatherings of minds to discuss the steps needed to achieve a sustainable and abundant future. 

That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day. It organized itself.
Senator Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day

The rest is history as we arrive at Earth Day 2015. Earth Day has now become an international phenomenon with events being organized across the planet to heighten awareness of the care we need to be giving to our planet in order for all species to thrive.

For more information please visit www.earthday.org


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International Women's Day 2015 - Maria Montessori
 

Education today, in this particular social period, is assuming truly unlimited importance. And the increased emphasis on its practical value can be summed up in one sentence: education is the best weapon for peace.
-Maria Montessori, Education and Peace

In order to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2015, we would like to spotlight an extraordinary woman who dedicated her life to education and social development.

Maria Montessori was born in Chiaravalle, Italy in 1870. Not only was her beautiful face on the 1000 lira note (the only woman to ever be represented on Italian money), she also, from a very early age, was pushing the boundaries that society had in place. At 13 years old she was the first girl to enter a technical school in pursuit of engineering. Though persuaded to give up her dreams of continued education, she qualified for medical school in 1883 where she dealt with ongoing sexism. Despite the struggles she won many awards and honorable mentions and after graduating in 1896 as one of Italy’s first female physicians, she pushed forward, publishing articles recognised worldwide, studying and practicing teaching techniques for children with learning difficulties. All this lead to the very first Montessori school called Casa dei Bambini in 1907 and three years later in 1910, after great success, the Montessori Method was recognized as a leader of education.

Maria Montessori remains an incredible example for the astonishing heights humanity can achieve. Now more than ever we can learn from her insights. She understood the importance of observation which lead her to design programs which helped children from all backgrounds self teach, stay focused, interested, respectful and connected to the environment around them. After having experienced wartime’s turmoil, she added peace education into the Montessori curriculum and remained a long standing advocate for women’s rights and peace. Now, more than one hundred years later, the Montessori schools are present in 110 countries around the world.

An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking: it involves the spiritual development of man, the enhancement of his value as an individual, and the preparation of young people to times in which they live.
-Maria Montessori, Education and Peace

For more informations visit the Montessori Society of Canada


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