22 April has been declared International Mother Earth Day by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Every year, on this day, over a billion people in 190 countries, from San Francisco to San Juan, Beijing to Brussels, Moscow to Marrakesh, plant trees, clean up their communities, contact their elected officials, and more, all on behalf of the environment.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for International Mother Earth Day 2014 is:
“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.”
“Mother Earth” is a common expression used to describe the planet Earth in a number of countries and regions. For instance, Bolivians call Mother Earth “Pachamama” and Nicaraguans refer to her as “Tonantzin”. The term is used because it reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit.
The International Mother Earth Day 2014 campaign is Green Cities. As the urban population grows (today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities) and the effects of climate change worsen, our cities have to evolve: we need forward-thinking public policy, we have to educate the public, and we must create a sustainable, healthy environment by investing in sustainable technology and renewable energy.
- What is the organization that created International Mother Earth Day?
- What happens on this day and why?
- Situate San Francisco, San Juan, Beijing, Brussels, Moscow and Marrakesh on a map.
- Translate Ban Ki-moon's message.
- Do you like the term "Mother Earth"?
- What is a "green city"?
- What events are being organized in France to mark Earth Day?
- What, if anything, will you (and your family and friends) be doing for the planet today?