World Earth Day 2023We explain how World Earth Day came about and why Earth Day 2023 is particularly significant in tackling climate change.
What will I learn from this report?
Our planet is strong. Its history dates back millions of years and it has sustained the lives of countless species. However, our planet is also vulnerable. We are witnessing how it can be affected by pollution, the unsustainable use of resources, and climate change.
And human activity is largely responsible for this. This is why events such as Earth Day, held on 22 April, seek to raise awareness about our role in caring for the planet, the only home we know.
What is World Earth Day?
Earth Day is a date recognised on the official calendar of the United Nations (UN) and was established in 1970 by US Senator Gaylord Nelson.
Its objective was to create a common awareness of the problems endangering the survival of the planet: overpopulation, conservation of biodiversity, pollution, among other factors.
It is a day to pay tribute to our planet and recognise Earth as our home and our mother, just as various cultures have expressed it throughout history, highlighting the interdependence between its many ecosystems and the living beings that inhabit it.
International Earth Day 2023
Since World Earth Day was first celebrated over half a century ago, environmental awareness has gone from being a marginal issue to becoming a shared concern around the world.
Earth Day 2023 will mark the 53st anniversary of this celebration, and the theme this year is "Invest in our planet"
Climate change is affecting all ecosystems, causing new health problems and affecting the global economy. We have the opportunity to restore Mother Earth and address these problems. And we should do this not only because we care about the natural world, but because we live in it. A healthy planet is not an option, it is a necessity.
This year's messages focus on the need to act (boldly), innovate (broadly) and implement (equitably). Businesses, governments and citizens are represented and we are all responsible for a true partnership for the planet.
Time is short, let's invest in our planet.