International Mother Earth Day

Although Earth Day has been observed on April 22 around the world for many years, it was only last year, in 2009, that the United Nations designated April 22 as International Mother Earth Day (A/RES/63/278). The UN General Assembly acknowledged that “the Earth and its ecosystems are our home, and convinced that in order to achieve a just balance among the economic, social, and environmental needs of present and future generations, it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth.” As for the terminology used, the General Assembly recognized that “Mother Earth is a common expression for the planet earth in a number of countries and regions, which reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit.”

As we celebrate International Mother Earth Day for a second time, here are some suggestions for action:


Cecile Meijer, rscj
NGO Office, April 2010