On 22 April, millions of people across the world will be coming together to mark Earth Day, an event dedicated to support environmental protection and the well-being of the planet. First celebrated in 1970 in the United States, Earth Day also came to be known as the International Mother Earth Day with the adoption of the United Nations resolution, recognising the earth and its ecosystems as our home.
Earth Day is celebrated in different ways across cities and countries. There are educational activities, games and competitions, eco-friendly products and eco-related films, all of which aim to remind us that we have a collective responsibility to protect this earth not just for us, but also for the future generations of humanity.
With more and more of the planet’s natural resources being consumed every day, we’re facing the biggest environmental challenge our generation has ever seen – climate change. Climate change continues to threaten our lives in different ways, including our health, livelihoods and the environment we live in. Not only that, it is also seriously affecting the future of our planet and that of our children. The good news is that we can still make a difference, but we need to act now.
Internationally, there will be more emphasis attached to environmental protection, with the finalisation of the Sustainable Development Goals in September 2015, and the 21st session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which will see the adoption of a new climate action agreement.
But, there are many activities you can do to help raise awareness on the challenges that threaten the well-being of the earth, which ultimately impacts all of us. So, why not make a commitment to make a change for the environment this Earth Day?
At Quest, working with communities to protect our environment is at the heart of what we do. From protecting rescued wild animals in Bolivia to reducing the destruction of the Peruvian Amazon through the sustainable management of forests. Through our work in this sector, we hope to contribute to environmentally-focused sustainable development.
This Earth Day, our partners in Bolivia are planning to host several events for their community. They will be screening an environment-themed documentary in Parque Machia for residents in Villa Tunari, set up a drawing station for local children, encouraging them to explore environmental themes through drawing and a special dinner for Machia’s volunteers.
What will you be up to this Earth Day?