This year’s Mother Earth Day is a historic occasion as the world leaders from all 196 Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention who adopted the Climate Change Agreement in Paris last year will meet to sign the agreement at the UN headquarters. It is good news for the people of the planet that all countries have agreed to work towards limiting rise of global temperatures by 1.5 degrees.
The Mother Earth Day was first celebrated in the year 1970 in the United States. The United Nations General Assembly in 2009 passed a resolution to observe International Mother Earth Day each year on 22nd April. The day signifies the mission to broaden and diversify the worldwide environment movement to safeguard our planet to build a healthy and sustainable environment for the future generations. The Earth day movement will mark its 50th anniversary in 2020 and the target is to plant 7.8 billion trees in the next five years.
This year’s theme is ‘Trees for the Earth’ that aims to take momentum forward from the Paris summit and channelise human energy towards environment conservation. Looking at the consequences of climate change, it is important to divest from fossil fuels and make our cities 100% renewable and sustainable. Going by this year’s theme, the world needs to focus on planting trees to mitigate the climate change risks. As a matter of fact trees provide food, energy, livelihood, helps communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability apart from increased green covers which are natural, resilient and long term safety buffers from extreme weather such as storms, floods etc combating climate change, clean out air and counteract the loss of species.
Therefore, this Earth day let us dedicate ourselves and strengthen communities by being responsibility and conservative. Corporations and individuals through urban forestry, agroforestry and tree care trainings using sapling and seed distribution can help promote the cause. These trainings will empower the people to conserve, repair and restore tree cover to their lands. With co-operation from all corners of the globe we can fight global warming.
So, before its too late, plant a tree, save the planet.
Join the movement!
By – Rahul Choudhury
Media & Communications, Fiinovation