The World Mother Earth Day is celebrated annually on 22 April to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystem provide us with life and sustenance. This Day provides an opportunity to raise public awareness around the world to the challenges regarding the wellbeing of the planet and all the life it supports. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Rio Declaration, and Paris Agreement encourage international cooperation among all stakeholders on climate change education, training, awareness, participation, and access to information.
The theme of the day this year is “Restore Our Earth”, an opportunity for all of us to commit to the hard work of restoring our planet and making peace with nature.We need to draw attention to the urgency of the climate crisis and environmental degradation and the need for immediate action. Unless every country in the world steps up, and steps up with urgency and ambition, we are consigning current and future generations to a dangerous future. Let us remind more than ever in this World Mother Earth Day that we need a shift to a more sustainable economy that works for both people and the planet.
We, at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), believe that the World Mother Earth Day is a chance to reaffirm our collective responsibilities in order to promote harmony with nature at a time when our planet is under threat from climate change, unsustainable exploitation of natural resources, infection diseases, and other man-made problems. Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs. The World Mother Earth Day serves as yet another opportunity to prompt mankind to step up to these responsibilities and reflect on biodiversity and environmental protection.
It is time for youth to invest in efficiency and renewable energy and begin to solve the climate crisis. Young people should take up the responsibility by increasing efforts, raising awareness, and taking initiatives. Let us show the close relationships between human, animal, and environmental health. It is time to promote harmony with nature and the Earth!