Moving towards a more peaceful earth
Thursday 22nd April 2021 was UN Earth Day. The aim of Earth Day is to “…diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide.” In almost every country across the globe, events took place to raise awareness of the need for a transformational change in the world. The theme for this year was “Restore Our Earth”.
The official Earth Day events were strongly focused on people and what we can do as individuals to drive change. They began on Tuesday 20th April with a youth climate summit. On Wednesday 21st April, there was an education summit involving participants from every continent. Then on Earth Day itself (Thursday 22nd April), there were workshops, panel discussions and special performances.
Confronting global challenges
Last year was the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. After relying on nature and the less material resources it provides to us so much last year, more people are aware that pulling together, celebrating our planet and working with like-minded people to protect it for the future is more urgent than ever. Putting people at the center of these peaceful events allows for conversations, debates and problem-solving on a global scale.
The achievements of the Earth Day organisation are vast, including:
• influencing the passage of landmark environmental laws
• raising awareness for environmental education and literacy
• planting millions of trees for their reforestation program
• helping small and medium-sized farmers learn about sustainable agricultural practices.
Their work complements the values and vision of Peace Partners. As a UK-based charity, our aim is to support people in the UK, but we also take an International view and work with partners in other countries.
Making a difference
Over the past year the ability to get out and enjoy the peace of nature has been very important to many people. Connecting with nature helps people manage their mental health. Not only this, but the contribution of living nature through ecosystems - the diversity of organisms they contain and the services they provide (known as ecosystem services) - provides social, economic and other health benefits, aside from mental health. These are things we should value if we value ourselves and one another.
The issues currently impacting the Earth can seem massive and over-whelming. If everyone who cares about our planet, the people and other organisms on it, starts listening to each other and working together we can start to solve our problems. On any issue. All that is needed is the will to start.
Why not join us in getting involved with the aims of Earth Day? Help us to shape caring, sustainable futures for everyone. You can add a leaf to our annual Peace Tree here.