International Mother Earth Day – 2024

Apr 22, 2024 | Environmental Service, News | 0 comments

“The Earth is What We All Have in Common”-Wendell Berry

International Mother Earth Day, celebrated annually on April 22nd, primarily aims to promote clear actions that foster greater harmony with nature and the environment. Additionally, this international observance seeks to increase global awareness of the challenges to the well-being of our planet and to achieve sustainable development.

Central to the observance of International Mother Earth Day is the recognition of the interconnectedness of all life forms and ecosystems on our planet. From the vast oceans to the towering forests, and from the smallest microorganisms to the most majestic creatures, every aspect of our natural world plays a vital role in sustaining life. By acknowledging and honoring this interconnected web of life, we can cultivate a deeper appreciation for the Earth and a greater sense of stewardship towards its conservation.

The United Nations has proposed a theme for International Mother Earth Day 2024: “Planet vs. Plastics,” highlighting the challenge of plastic pollution. Plastic pollution has become a major problem worldwide, severely impacting ecosystems, wildlife, and human health. The application of single-use plastics is identified as a key cause of this pollution, leading to irreversible damage to our planet. Therefore, the implementation of strong actions at the individual level is necessary to combat plastic pollution. These actions include reducing single-use plastics, practicing proper recycling and waste management, implementing strong policies and regulations, and developing innovative technologies and materials to create a plastic-free world.

As we celebrate International Mother Earth Day in 2024, let us reaffirm our commitment to caring for our planet and all its inhabitants. Let us recognize the inherent value of nature and strive to live in harmony with the Earth, mindful of the profound impact our actions have on its delicate balance. Together, let us embrace the spirit of unity and cooperation as we work towards a sustainable future for generations to come.

​​​​​​​​Written by: Rtr. Piyumasha Kodippili

Graphic design by: Rtr. Suresha Lakmali

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