Our planet is showing signs of the bad consequences of human action since very long ago. Today, climate change is also causing natural disasters, which endanger all living beings’ health and homes because of humans misuse of the natural resources. That is why, since 1970, the Earth Day has been celebrated during the 22nd of April every year.
Pollution, biodiversity conservation, plastic litter, ocean levels raising and their acidification or desertification were some of the main motives to start commemorating this day back in the 70’s. But, then and now, the need to take care of the Earth from many perspectives is still the same, or even bigger. The reason to establish this world day was needed in the past but, sadly, it is still very present.
This year’s focus for Earth Day is centered on ecosystems. After all, these are the homes of millions of species, besides humans, which are really important for the proper functioning of natures’ processes. As ecosystems are key for all living beings, because they support life on Earth, it is vital to keep them healthy and to take great care of them.
According to the United Nations, “Restoring our damaged ecosystems will help to end poverty, combat climate change and prevent mass extinction. But we will only succeed if everyone plays a part.” This day is so relevant, that this institution transformed this date’s name into Mother Earth’s Day in 2009, to stress the interconnected relationship all living beings have with our planet. This is the second time it’s been celebrated within the context of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
After the IPCC last report on climate change, it’s clear that only a common effort will help the Earth to stay healthy, and therefore, its inhabitants as well. “For this International Mother Earth Day, let’s remind ourselves – more than ever – that we need a shift to a more sustainable economy that works for both people and the planet”, claims the UN for this year’s Earth Day.
How can we help? What are we contributing at from DELICIOUS?
DELICIOUS project wants to contribute from one of the simplest, yet more powerful things: food. As you know, the DELICIOUS team aims at reducing obesity among children and adolescents by spreading healthy, nutritious and sustainable Mediterranean diet recipes, as well as the Med lifestyle. Improving the way humans eat can be revolutionary for the food systems and can make them more sustainable, fair and circular. Let’s eat better to stay healthy and keep our Earth and ecosystems healthy too.