PPG Presents Days of Awareness – April 2024

Partners in Project Green shares Days of Awareness each month to spread awareness and start conversations. These days may have a social, historical, or environmental significance. Below is a small sampling of important days to acknowledge or remember this month.

World Autism Day – April 2

In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly designated 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of those with autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society.

Autism is a lifelong neurological condition that manifests during early childhood, irrespective of gender, race or socio-economic status. The term Autism Spectrum refers to a range of characteristics. Appropriate support, accommodation and acceptance of this neurological variation allow those on the Spectrum to enjoy equal opportunity, and full and effective participation in society.

World Creativity & Innovation Day – April 21

The United Nations designated 21 April as World Creativity and Innovation Day to raise awareness on the role of creativity and innovation in all aspects of human development.

On this day, the world is invited to embrace the idea that innovation is essential for harnessing the economic potential of nations. Innovation, creativity and mass entrepreneurship can provide new momentum towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) , support job creation, expand opportunities and provide solutions to poverty eradication and the elimination of hunger. Human creativity and innovation, at both the individual and group levels, have become the true wealth of nations in the twenty-first century.

Earth Day – April 22

The very first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. That event is now credited as launching the modern environmental movement. Since then, Earth Day has evolved into the largest civic event on Earth, activating billions across 192 countries to safeguard our planet and fight for a brighter future. Every April 22nd, individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life unite in a global effort to advance sustainability and climate action, marking the annual observation of Earth Day.

National Organ & Tissue Donation Awareness Week- April 18 to 24

Since the passing of Bill C-202 in 1997, National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week has been designed to raise awareness on the critical need for more donors across the country and encourages Canadians to register their decision and to talk to their loved ones about organ donation. The Bill also allowed Parliament to take a leadership role in addressing the scarcity of organs and thinking about those who die every year waiting for a transplant.

The 2024 campaign entitled, Leave Well, will speak to the positivity of leaving a legacy, of choosing to do the right thing at the end of your life as well as the pride in choosing to register to be an organ donor.