Join us on our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to celebrate the 30th edition of International Development Week (IDW) 2020. Starting January 13 to February 8, 2020 we will challenge Canadians from coast to coast to coast, and around the world, to take an action each week for four weeks.

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How to participate in the social media challenge?

Week One (January 13)

Your Action:

Why this action?

Did you know that more than $1 trillion worth of food gets lost or wasted every year, which means less income for farmers in developing countries? Women farmers are particularly vulnerable, as they have less access to resources than men. Further, all that lost food means wasting the greenhouse gases used to grow it, contributing to climate change.

Join fellow Canadians, at home and abroad, to take action and raise awareness. It will make for an interesting discussion over dinner! A little food for thought!

Week Two (January 20)

Your Action:

Why this action?

Climate change affects us all, especially people in developing countries with far fewer resources to deal with its impacts. Women are particularly vulnerable, as they don’t have access to the same resources as men to help them adapt.

But we can help. Reducing carbon emissions is crucial, but so is removing carbon from the atmosphere, which we can do by planting trees! That’s why countries like Ethiopia have recently committed to planting more than 4 billion trees. If you want to fight climate change and help the planet … plant something!

The simple act of planting a seed or seedling tree in a pot in February might seem odd considering the season. However, once the snow has melted, participants can plant their seedlings outside! Such a simple act has so many benefits. Trees help reduce climate change, purify the air we breathe, prevent water pollution, provide shelter for wildlife, are a renewable energy source, reinforce soil, and control erosion.

Week 3 (January 27)

Your Action:

Why this action?

Regardless of where you live, gender equality is a fundamental human right. Advancing gender equality is critical to all areas of a healthy society, from reducing poverty to promoting the health, education, protection and the well-being of girls and boys. So today, join Canadians, at home and abroad, in taking action. Write a word or phrase on a piece of paper telling us what living in a gender-equal and inclusive world means to you.

Week 4 (February 3)

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Why this action?

Whether you’re in school, at work, on a sports team, or at the G7 Summit, partnership takes patience, compromise, and most of all trust in order to move forward to the goals we want to accomplish. Tackling the world’s biggest challenges is no different. It takes partnership and trust. Forming a trust circle with a group of people exemplifies this notion.

The bigger the circle the better as it demonstrates the degree of difficulty it takes to cooperate, support, and build trust with multiple “players”, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. This action encourages open dialogue, increases knowledge sharing and information exchange between participants.

We will only build a better world—one without poverty, with gender equality, with access to health services and education— if we work together. Just like a trust circle, if one link in the chain breaks, the longer it will take to achieve the common goal. We need all links in the chain to be strong and active to #GoForTheGoals.

So get together with your friends, colleagues and family, form a trust circle and share your experience with us!

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