INTERNATIONAL MOTHER EARTH DAY
On April 22, people unite to celebrate International Mother Earth Day. The day is to focus on the responsibility to rebuild our troubled relationship with nature. It recognizes that “the Earth and its ecosystems are our home” and that “it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth.”
The term Mother Earth is used because it “reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit.”
The day is named International Mother Earth Day because Mother Earth, as it says in the resolution, is “a common expression for planet earth in a number of countries and regions, which reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit.”
HOW TO OBSERVE
Safely patrol the roadsides and ditches to remove litter.
Pick a watershed or beach and clean up trash before it gets swept away.
Pledge to go the entire day without using plastic.
Investigate which nearby native cultures honor Mother Earth in their culture or religion
Follow on social media with #internationalmotherearthday or #motherearthday
International Mother Earth Day was established in 2009, by the United Nations General Assembly under Resolution A/RES/63/278. The Resolution was introduced by The Plurinational State of Bolivia and endorsed by over 50 member states.
This Day also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.