21.04.2010 -

22 April: International Mother Earth Day

This year, Earth Day is a call to action - a global referendum on climate change.

The General Assembly adopted a resolution calling for the creation of a new international day, International Mother Earth Day, to be celebrated on 22 April.

The resolution calls on Member States, the organizations of the UN System, international, regional and subregional organizations, civil society, non-governmental organizations and relevant stakeholders to observe and raise awareness of International Mother Earth Day.

The term "Mother Earth" is used commonly in a number of countries and regions, to refer to the planet earth, reflecting the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit.

Inclusiveness is at the heart of International Mother Earth Day. It seeks to share with all people the values associated with the planet, with regard to humans and nature as part of a single system, ensuring that our relationship with nature is one that allows life to continue. This concept promotes the idea of living a balanced existence that is in harmony with nature and can help us find solutions to today’s environmental problems.

If Earth is still our only home, and it still definitely is, then we should do everything that is in our power to ensure this home would be kind to our future generations as it was kind to us.

The United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) will join Nat Geo Music and other partners to celebrate Earth Day 2010 in Rome with live music and original initiatives to raise awareness of the public about current and future environment challenges.

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