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  • Earth Day

    This year marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, first observed on April 22, 1970, with efforts to encourage both government officials and U.S. citizens to preserve the wilderness and the earth’s natural resources. The Earth Day Network, which now coordinates events around the world, has focused on global climate change, with three priorities for this year:

    1. Sustainable Development: Ensuring that economic growth in both the developed and developing worlds does not contribute to climate change
    2. Grassroots Making a Difference: Rallying people to call for action on climate change
    3. Time for a Treaty: Fighting for a binding international treaty on climate change

    free resource button small  Earth Day More information about the customs and traditions associated with Earth Day is available in this entry from Holiday Symbols and Customs, 4th Edition.

    The upcoming new 5th edition of Holiday Symbols and Customs covers more than 350 holidays and festivals from the United States and around the world, with information on more than 1,200 traditions, rituals, foods, activities, games, animals, and other symbols and customs associated with these special events.

    Posted: April 20, 2015

  • April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

    National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to recognize the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the well-being of children and families. Ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.

    free resource button small  April Is National Child Abuse Prevention MonthThis chapter from Child Abuse Sourcebook, 3rd Edition, provides information on the prevention of child abuse, including a summary of how to identify the adult behaviors that put children at risk and a report on the most effective programs and strategies to prevent child abuse.

    Comprehensive information about child neglect and the physical, sexual, and emotional abuse of children is available in Child Abuse Sourcebook, 3rd Edition.

    Posted: April 13, 2015