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.

The United Nations has launched the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration for 2022. Following an initial report, a strategy for ecosystem restoration was proposed. Visit the Decade website to learn more about the many actions being taken around the world. You’ll find a video game and a wealth of information on major initiatives, not to mention news. A short video with English subtitles also highlights the Decade.

These examples are all ways of responding 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.” (LS 14)

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.

The 2024 campaign is also launching a D-Day for the Earth challenge, encouraging people to adopt new habits in favor of sustainable mobility. Knowing that the automobile (and solo driving in particular) is one of the country’s main sources of carbon emissions, it’s time to take up the challenge!  Visit the official website to find out more about the actions and conferences on offer.

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