International Mother Earth Day

The term “Mother Earth” makes us aware of the interdependence between human beings, the various living species and the earth we live on. This interdependence has been clearly demonstrated with the recent pandemic.

The importance of contributing to a more sustainable economy in harmony with nature is now a necessity. As many organizations have pointed out, including the United Nations and the Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development, it is urgent to take action now, on an individual and then collective basis.

Let’s remember that the United Nations has launched the Decade for Ecosystem Restoration in 2022. A first UNEP synthesis report is available here.

It will also be a way to respond to the call of Pope Francis who wrote in his encyclical Laudato Si’ : “All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.

Over the years, Earth Day has become one of the largest participatory environmental movements on the planet, sparking collaborations between countries like Canada and France. Visit the official website to learn more about the actions and conferences offered.

For further reflection, see the document prepared by the SNJM Water-Ecology Committee for the 50th anniversary of this day in 2020.