Millions of people around the world rallied together behind the idea to create the first Earth Day in 1970. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable
On its official website the Earth Day organisers invite all on April 22, “to join us for 24 hours of action in a global digital mobilization that drives actions big and small, gives diverse voices a platform and demands bold action for people and the planet.”
“We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all”. Laudatio Si – on care for our common home. Encyclical letter of Pope Francis
Pope Francis also reminds all that the Earth Charter asked humankind to leave behind a period of self-destruction and make a new start. He goes on to say: “There is a nobility in the duty to care for creation through little daily actions.” P 107 Laudatio Si.
No matter where you are, you can make a difference. And you’re not alone, because together, we can save the Earth.
The earth is our common home. We need a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We require a new and universal solidarity. Everyone’s talents and involvement are needed. All of us can co-operate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience and talents. (Laudato Si page 14.14)
You might like to listen to the song Touch the Earth – see link below.
Touch the earth with gentleness
Touch the earth with love
Touch her with a future
By the way you live today
God has given us the power
To create the world anew
If we touch the earth
Together, me and you.
The time is here
The time is now
We can change things
Give the earth your dream of harmony
She is waiting
Waiting for love,
Waiting for you, waiting for me