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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Soumis par arashjahanbakht le ven 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.

Soumis par RubiJJ le mar 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.

Soumis par Marisol97 le sam 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

Soumis par samy Soha le sam 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

Soumis par jyoti Chaudhary le jeu 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.

Soumis par jurilumanaj le lun 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.

Soumis par danny0509 le ven 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.

Soumis par Thinthinmyoe le jeu 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.

Soumis par PARIMALA MADIAZHAKAN le mar 09/03/2021 - 03:16

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There are a lot of things that we can do for protect our environment. In my opinion, firstly I will stop using plastics. Because plastics are the main reason which bring damage for our environment. If we stop using plastics we can reduce 50% damage on our environment.
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Soumis par danisep le dim 24/01/2021 - 18:26

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There are a lot of things that we can do to protect our environment. I think that it is important to support those activities and lift the voice to make governments build laws that help and reduced the terrible footprint that human beings are leaving on the planet. but we can help with our consumption, by stopping buy unnecessary things, likewise consuming less meat and saving water.

Soumis par cittàutopica le lun 11/01/2021 - 18:50

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I think the individual behaviours are very important for conserving and protecting our environment. The single governments and the international organisations can do a lot of actions, but these must be taken by all the people in the world.
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Soumis par Rafaela1 le mar 01/09/2020 - 13:27

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One thing is not to destroy our environment for our convenience but to live side by side. ;)

Soumis par popo1011 le mar 01/09/2020 - 06:09

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As human being, all of us are obliged to do our duties for protection our environment like that 1- do not use private car, use more public transform system. 2- Less waste production. 3- 3- Remove the dry and wet trash. 4- use as much water as needs. 5- protecting the privacy of rivers and etc.

Soumis par Adriana Villarreal le dim 16/08/2020 - 22:33

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As human beings, we mustchange our behavior in order to avoid the destruction of our planet. Also the resto of the animal species are in danger because the contamination that we produce, don't have any type of control or adecuate awareness systems.

Soumis par Lila13 le mer 22/04/2020 - 15:31

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We must protect the planet Earth for future generations, it's our duty. The most important thing is to live in harmony with nature. In this time of confinement, nature saves us.
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Soumis par Rafaela1 le dim 19/04/2020 - 14:20

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Did you know that a jaguar hunts a crocodile? Scary...!

Soumis par ellytran le dim 19/04/2020 - 11:49

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environment can really benefit from very simple activities of us everyday like do not littering, joining the environmental movements, planting trees,... and so forth :))

Soumis par ann1047 le sam 18/04/2020 - 13:10

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We need to live in forests to protect our planet