International Mother Earth Day

International Mother Earth Day, on 22 April, promotes harmony with nature and reminds us of the importance of protecting all the different ecosystems and species on our planet.

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What is International Mother Earth Day?

It's a special celebration that brings together people from around the world to remember that planet Earth is our home and we want to live in harmony with nature. We are all responsible for protecting our planet and looking after all the species that live here. April 22 was first established by the UN as International Mother Earth Day in 2009, joining groups that had previously celebrated Earth Day on the same date. The UN website explains that the idea of 'Mother Earth' is used because it 'reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit'.

Why is it important? 

On this day, environmental organisations from all over the world come together to highlight the urgent need to protect the many ecosystems that make up our environment. These ecosystems are under attack from climate change and the natural disasters caused by rising temperatures: forest fires, floods and terrible storms. More than a million animal and plant species are in danger of extinction through loss of habitat, mainly due to human activity. This, in turn, is leading to outbreaks of deadly diseases that spread from wildlife to humans. On International Mother Earth Day, environmentalists call for action to reverse this damage.   

How did it start? 

The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 in the USA after a decade of local protests about air and water pollution in the United States. In 1969, people were angry about a terrible oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, and the damage it caused. US Senator Gaylord Nelson called for a national 'teach-in', bringing together students and teachers to discuss key issues of pollution and conservation. 

On 22 April 1970, 20 million people, approximately ten per cent of the total population of the States at the time, joined the 'teach-in' and met in streets, parks and universities across the land to call for a healthy, clean, sustainable environment. Some people think of that day as the birth of the modern environmental movement.

Twenty years later, in 1990, Earth Day went global. More than 200 million people in 141 countries came together to call for environmental issues to be discussed on the world stage. In 1995, Senator Nelson was given an award for his work for the environment. 

Today more than one billion people all over the world come together each year to celebrate International Mother Earth Day and remind politicians that action needs to be taken to move towards a more sustainable way of life that works for both people and the planet.  

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Submitted by ushka on Sun, 23/04/2023 - 21:06

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To sew up the environment you have to stop use disposable plastic products. You should recycle the trash into recycle bins. Buy products that have less packaging. Get around more on foot or by bike than by car or motorcycle. Mother Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 to protect ecosystems. On this day, people gather globally to influence the protection of the environment. They are fighting against pollution and voting for protection of water, air, forests, different species, ets. Es for me i recycle the trash into recycle bins and ask my family to do that. i don’t cause any deadly damages for the earth. Save the planet for your good future.

Submitted by arashjahanbakht on Fri, 12/08/2022 - 03:15

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An essential action to conserve our environment is respecting animals. additionally, we don't have to enter their life. Some people food them, but it's the worst action to protect animals. For example, If you food cats, you actually increase the population of mice and snakes.

Hello and Happy Mother Erath day.
It is so important thing we can do, by reducing the amount of meat wich is in our foods. On the other hand, if we change all of farms that produce meat to farms wich farm plants in the north of america, it would affect the enviroment and climate in other way and its ballance of producing and reducing CO2.

Submitted by RubiJJ on Tue, 05/07/2022 - 01:48

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I think, we must be respectful with other animals and plants around us, do as we can for them, we can start with that.

Submitted by Marisol97 on Sat, 21/05/2022 - 03:39

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Change the way I live by reducing my wastes, consuming less, and requesting solutions from my government

Submitted by samy Soha on Sat, 23/04/2022 - 05:17

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To protect our ecosystem we need to plant more trees and to stop excessive use of water

Submitted by jyoti Chaudhary on Thu, 21/04/2022 - 12:07

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What do you think you can do to help conserve and protect our environment?

yes, I can do anything to protect our environment, many people through plastic and waste on roads and the sea. that's why water is polluted. and cutting trees that totally change our environment.

Submitted by jurilumanaj on Mon, 18/04/2022 - 20:03

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I really liked what I read. This date is also my birthday and it seems to be the birthday of the earth too. What I most like was how it started with a protest.

Submitted by danny0509 on Fri, 15/04/2022 - 23:01

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Recycling and reusing are powerful tools that all we can do for help our planet, we also can use less water and try to use public transport, walking as well. These are small things but if every guy being do a little, all thogether will do the difference.

Submitted by Thinthinmyoe on Thu, 03/06/2021 - 13:32

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I think we must stop cutting woods from the forests.We must plant as many trees as we can.