April

2019 Useful Dates

  • April 1941 Founding of American Humanist Association
  • National Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • National Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • April 7 World Health Day
  • April 7-13 National Library Week
  • April 12 National Day of Silence
  • April 13 Thomas Jefferson’s birthday
  • April 18 Ask an Atheist Day
  • April 22 Earth Day
  • April 26 Arbor Day

Focus for April

Humanists recognize that we have one life to live and only one planet to live on, therefore we must ensure that we sustain the world around us for all living beings and address our most dangerous threat: climate change. Rising temperatures and sea levels, water shortages, increased severity of storms, exposure to toxins, lack of affordable nutritious food in every community, and so much more become worse as our politicians ignore climate change and deny that it’s human-driven. Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree that climate change is real and human induced, and the consensus is that we must stabilize global temperatures at the two degree Celsius target to prevent dangerous impacts to humans, flora, and fauna. The consequences of our actions—and inaction—regarding the destruction of our environment for ourselves and future generations mandates a naturalistic social responsibility inherent to humanist values. See AHA resolution on climate change.

Activities

Green Your Group
Whether you meet in someone’s home, a community center, or have your own building, there are lots of ways to make your gatherings more sustainable and environmentally-friendly. Replace one-time use plastic materials (like utensils, cups, bags) with kitchenware you can clean or compost. Recommend attendees use pubic transportation and/or encourage shared rides to events. Try to cut down on printing paper and take advantage of online communications methods.

Postcard Writing Party
Visit House.gov/Representatives or Senate.gov/senators/contact to find your legislators and write to inform them of climate change.

Clean Your Community
Organize a service project to clean up garbage locally. Consider a street, highway, park, or stream clean up activity to help your environment prosper.

Education – Recommended Books & Movies

Join Earth Day 2019 theme to Protect Our Species
The unprecedented global destruction and rapid reduction of plant and wildlife populations are directly linked to causes driven by climate change. The good news is that the rate of extinctions can still be slowed, and many of our declining, threatened and endangered species can still recover if we demand immediate action.

Social Media Toolkit

Hashtags: #HEREforClimate #ClimateActionNow
Quotes:
“Being a humanist should suggest that we recognize the responsibility to maintain the earth as an interesting and wonderful place to live—its plant and animal species, it waters, ecosystems, and its air need to be preserved, not extinguished or turned into junk piles, toxic dumps, or deforested wastelands. And we need to make the world a better place for ourselves, for future generations, and for all of life as we know it.” ― Roy Speckhardt, AHA Executive Director

“For way too long, the politicians and the people in power have gotten away with not doing anything to fight the climate crisis, but we will make sure that they will not get away with it any longer. We are striking because we have done our homework and they have not.” — Greta Thunberg, Climate Change Activist