International Mother Earth Day – April 22, 2023

Under Resolution A/RES/63/278, the United Nations established International Mother Earth Day, which has taken place on April 22 since 2009. The State of Bolivia proposed the Resolution, which was adopted by more than 50 member nations. The resolution acknowledges that the Earth and its ecosystems are our home and that it is critical to promote harmony with nature and the Earth. “Mother Earth” is used because it reflects the interconnectedness that exists between humans, other living species, and the planet we all share.

History of International Mother Earth Day

International Mother Earth Day is a global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the threats to the planet’s well-being and the life it supports. The day also recognizes a shared responsibility, as stated in the Rio Declaration of 1992, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth in order to achieve a just balance between the economic, social, and environmental needs of current and future generations of humanity.

The United Nations General Assembly declared April 22 as International Mother Earth Day in 2009 through resolution A/RES/63/278. Although, the holiday was first observed in 2010. The 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm marked the beginning of global recognition of people’s interdependence with other living species and our planet. The holiday aims to encourage the earth’s people to take action in relieving our planet from harmful acts and commit to cleaner, greener environments.

Our fascinating planet is not talked about enough, but this day gives people a chance to learn all about our planet and how it came into existence. The solar nebula, a disk-shaped collection of dust and gas left over from the birth of the Sun, which also created the rest of the solar system, accreted into Earth some 4.54 billion years ago. Earth, the third planet from the Sun, is the only place in the known cosmos where life has been confirmed. With a radius of 3,959 miles, Earth is the sixth largest planet in our solar system. Every other planet in the solar system was named after a Greek or Roman god, but certain cultures have defined our world for at least a thousand years using the Germanic word ‘Earth,’ which simply means “the ground.”

International Mother Earth Day timeline

1962
“Silent Spring”

“Silent Spring,” Rachel Carson's “New York Times” bestseller, creates a watershed moment in public understanding and concern for living organisms and the environment.

1979
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The inaugural Earth Day gives rise to the establishment of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

1992
United Nations Earth Summit

Rio de Janeiro hosts the United Nations Earth Summit, a premise to International Mother Earth Day.

1995
The Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Senator Nelson receives the ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom,’ the highest civilian honor in the United States, from President Bill Clinton for his role in founding Earth Day.

2009
The Birth Of The Holiday

International Mother Earth Day is established by the United Nations General Assembly.

International Mother Earth Day FAQs

Where is “the end of the world?”

The northernmost part of Norway is known as “the end of the Earth.”

How much longer can the Earth support life?

At least 1.5 billion years are remaining for the Earth to host life.

How long has it been since life started?

It has been 3.5 billion years since the beginning of time.

How to Observe International Mother Earth Day

  1. Purchase reusable bags

    Americans, according to estimates, use 100 billion plastic bags per year, which end up in landfills and wreak havoc on marine life. Instead, buy some adorable reusable shopping bags to use at the supermarket. You'll not only look great, but you'll be good for the environment as well!

  2. Plant something in your community

    Trees, among other things, help to regulate a city's temperature, clean the air, and produce more oxygen. Plant a tree in your backyard or grow your own fruits and vegetables to improve your health and reduce fossil fuel emissions by eliminating the need to travel to stores for food.

  3. Get some fresh air outside

    . We get so caught up in what's going on in the world of social media that we forget how much fun it is to get out of the house. Use Earth Day to your advantage as a gentle reminder of our planet's beauty and wonder. If you have a backyard, spend an afternoon reading, picnicking, or simply listening to the sounds of nature.

5 Fascinating Facts About The Earth

  1. A year is more than 365 days

    On Earth, a year is 365.2564 days long, not 365 days long, which is why we have a Leap Year every four years.

  2. Earth's name originator is unknown

    Unlike other planets, no historical information on the person or group who named ours ‘Earth’ has been discovered.

  3. Two moons

    According to Space.com, the Earth may have once possessed two moons.

  4. Earth recycles the ground

    The Earth's rock cycle transforms Igneous rocks into sedimentary rocks, metamorphic rocks, and then back to igneous rocks.

  5. The Moon has 'earthquakes'

    Like the Earth, the moon experiences quakes.

Why International Mother Earth Day is Important

  1. It reminds us of protecting the Earth

    International Mother Earth Day serves as a reminder of the fragility of our planet and the importance of protecting it. If Senator Nelson had not taken a stand in the 1970s, we might've still been building lead-guzzling automobiles and boosting industrial production through smog, smoke, and waste.

  2. It helps raise environmental awareness

    In honor of International Mother Earth Day, we must continue to raise environmental awareness. Educating the public about the potential harm that humans can cause, while also demonstrating the widespread global support for environmental protection.

  3. It educates the public

    This holiday provides an opportunity to educate people about environmental issues that affect our planet. It also reminds our elected officials of the importance of environmental action to us, their constituents.

International Mother Earth Day dates

YearDateDay
2023April 22Saturday
2024April 22Monday
2025April 22Tuesday
2026April 22Wednesday
2027April 22Thursday

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