“The Earth and its ecosystems are our home. In order to achieve a just balance among the economic, social, and environmental needs of present and future generations, it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth” – United Nations
April 22, ‘International Mother Earth Day’ has been officially observed by the UN since 2009.
However, the very first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22 1970 when over 20 million Americans marched for the environment. The demonstrators were inspired by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator at the time from Wisconsin.
Nelson decided after witnessing the 1969 catastrophic oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, that something had to be done to educate and raise the public consciousness of the fragile environment.
“In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous”
Aristotle – Greek Philosopher 384-322 BC
To be honest I was unaware of observance of this day in previous years. I put this down to Ignorance on my part and the complete absence of media attention.
However, and heartwarmingly so, this year’s celebration of ‘Earth Day’ (April 22, 2017) was overwhelmingly positive in terms of the media and public awareness and participation.
Perhaps this heightened attention was due to this year’s theme ‘Environmental and Climate Literacy’.
I have witnessed first-hand the deplorable way humanity treats the Earth, our only home. I have been overwhelmed with disgust and shame with the apathy and complete disregard to the environment, nature and all the living and voiceless souls that we, humankind, shares the planet with.
“Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”
– Anonymous Greek Proverb
My belief is that life is not free. We all have a responsibility to ensure that our lifestyles do not impact or have any consequences for the Planet and the World’s children, grandchildren and all the life that dwells upon the Earth, our only Home.
In saying that, this year’s worldwide celebration has given me hope and belief that real change is possible. A global cultural shift is needed.
I love Mother Earth and everyone must learn to love her too.