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World Habitat Day

October 1st| Michael Mountford

World Habitat Day

What is World Habitat Day?

Being first celebrated in 1986 and then every October since, the UN and their partners designate the first Monday of the month to reflect on the state of our towns and cities as well as the basic right of all to adequate shelter. The day is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.

The theme for World Habitat Day 2020 is Housing For All: A Better Urban Future.

The prime objective of World Habitat Day is to emphasise the need for development and improvement of the status of urban environments in cities, including work within some of the biggest slums communities in the world.

Some startling facts in relation to this years theme is that currently 1 billion people live in overcrowded settlements with inadequate housing and by 2030 that number will rise to 1.6 billion.

How to get involved

To help give you some inspiration for promoting World Habitat Day, we here at Teacher’s Pet have put together a blog post filled with helpful links, resources and ways in which others are already promoting World Habitat Day within their own communities.

To begin, have a look at this school in Jersey where their pupil-led sustainability clubs put together an assembly and an information session on the Global Climate Crisis. The students planned the entire event on their own; choosing to include speeches, a video presentation and information stations about the effects of climate change as well as a “suggestion box” where students can suggest how they believe that their school could become more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Explore Celebrates World Habitat Day with Student Led Event

Have a look at this news article from Greater Los Angeles in which a single teacher’ World Habitat Day lesson inspired her children to advocate for affordable housing.

Teacher’s World Habitat Day Lessons Inspire Children to Advocate for Affordable Housing

All About STEM

All About STEM have a very good blog post and library of resources and activities on their website all to do with World Habitat Day.

Crest Awards

CREST is a scheme which inspires young people to think and behave just like scientists and engineers. They have 3 distinct tailored levels which have been designed to accomodate for a variety of age groups: their Star and SuperStar levels are designed to be easy to run and low cost for children between the ages of 5-7 and 7-11 years old.

World Habitat Awards

World Habitat Awards are there to recognise and highlight innovative, outstanding and sometimes revolutionary housing ideas, projects and programmes from all around the world.

Over 250 World Habitat Awards projects have been recognised over the years- each year two winners will receive £10,000 each and a trophy which is presented at a global UN-Habitat event.

We hope that this blog has provided you with some inspiration and has informed you on how you can help take part during this day to spread awareness towards the problems that afflict over a billion people around the world throughout their lifetime.

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