I appeal to all people everywhere to raise their voices. Speak out on behalf of this planet, our only home. Let us care for Mother Earth so she can continue to care for us as she has done for millennia. - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moo
For many years, climate change seems like a distant problem, but the reality is that it has already been affecting people, animals and environment around the world. Being the only planet where life is possible till today, it is very pivotal to maintain the natural assets of the earth so that the existence of us and other living creatures could endure. In fact, a change needs to be made everywhere collectively.
International Earth Day is celebrated every year as an annual event by over a billion people across the world on 22nd of April in order to increase the awareness among people about the environment safety as well as to demonstrate the environmental protection measures. First time, the world earth day was celebrated in the year 1970 and then continued to be celebrated annually on global basis by almost all countries.
International Mother Earth Day was established in 2009, by the General Assembly under a Resolution which 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”.
As our population grows, we have to recognize that our consumption of the planet's resources is unsustainable. We need a global transformation of attitude and practice. It is especially urgent to address how we generate the energy that drives our progress. Burning fossil fuels is the principal cause of climate change, which increasingly threatens prosperity and stability in all regions. That is why world leaders have pledged to reach a global legal climate agreement in 2015.
Action on climate change presents multiple opportunities to reset our relationship with Mother Earth and improve human well-being, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable. Sustainable energy for all can increase health, wealth and opportunity for billions of people, as can climate-smart agriculture; more efficient cities and better managed and protected forests.
This year's theme, ‘It’s our turn to lead’, appropriately demonstrates the need for us to take matters in our own hands and lead in the efforts to save our dear planet Earth from further environmental deterioration.
We, at World Assembly of Youth (WAY), are observing the selected theme "it’s our turn to lead". On this year’s Earth Day, we encourage everyone especially the young people to take a stand so that together, we can show the world a new direction. It is your turn, as young leaders, to lead, so that others can follow by example. Together, let’s redefine what progress looks like; especially for the youth, it is your turn to lead the societies in saving the Mother Earth!
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL MOTHER EARTH DAY!