The United Nations International Mother Earth Day 2022 is today 22 April.
The day is a call to action. Mother Earth herself is calling us to action because nature is suffering.
While I’m sure you don’t need any reminders, the signs of that suffering include:
- extreme heat
- the pandemic
- vulnerability and extinction of fauna and flora
Humans contribute to the suffering through pollution, deforestation and changes in land-use.
We are all called to take individual, as well as collective, action. As stated on the website:
‘The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet – and its people. 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.’
Frankie has an urgent message for all of us.
He tells us there are no excuses and lists 19 of those most often expressed. Perhaps you’ve heard some of them. He tells us how to end the excuses with information and action.
“I’m already doing as much as I can.”
“We’ll lose too many jobs if we phase out fossil fuels.”
“I’m just one person, I can’t make a difference.”
“We need fossil fuels for our economy.”
“I won’t see the effects of climate change in my lifetime.”
“Where I live won’t really be affected.”
“I’m just a kid, no one will listen to me.”
“I don’t want to give up holidays or my car.”
“Fossil fuel companies are too powerful for us to change.”
“Soon we’ll have the technology to just reverse climate change.”
“Climate change is too complicated for me to understand.”
“I’ve heard renewables aren’t reliable or affordable.”
“It’s too late for us to change.”
“We’re already doing enough to stop global warming.”
“It still gets cold so clearly our planet isn’t warming.”
“Climate change is a natural thing.”
“Climate change is a conspiracy. It’s fake news.”
“The world will adapt to climate change.”
“I’m too busy to do anything about climate change.”
One of the resources is a book called The Birds and the Bees. It’s not the story about how babies are made. It’s a story about the importance of the birds and bees to save our planet.
ActNow is the United Nations campaign for individual action on climate change and sustainability. There is a lot of information and many suggestions for action on the website, including ways to reduce your carbon footprint, reduce food waste and to speak up about choices for our future.
There is also an app that can be downloaded.
There is so much available on the website, it is best to explore it for yourself, and I hope that I have encouraged you to do so.
However, I would also like to share with you some other articles we have posted and resources we have that support the sustainability goals.
In 2019, we interviewed climate scientist Dr Sophie Lewis who shared her journey in becoming a climate scientist as well as suggestions of actions we can take. Of course, the suggestions match those of the United Nations.
Sophie’s suggestions are available to download in this free poster Actions for improving our climate.
Last year, I had the pleasure of announcing the shortlist for the Environment for Children’s Literature
and then the winners.
Over the years, I have had the pleasure of interviewing authors about their picture books that have environmental themes, including Stuart French publisher of Ethicool Books, beautiful picture books that encourage parents to engage children in discussions about issues such as climate change, ocean pollution, poverty and gender equality through story.
I also shared a post with insights from Jane Goodall about encouraging young scientists.
I shared posts about the beautiful picture books by Kim Michelle Toft, including
Karen Tyrrell talked with us about her environment series of Song Bird stories, including Drought Rescue, Great Barrier Reef Rescue, Rainforest Rescue, Battle of Bug World, and the original Song Bird Superhero.
Other interviews include
In our Biological Sciences collection, we also have a lot of resources about bees, butterflies and other minibeasts. Check them all out here.
I wish you a happy Mother Earth Day. What actions will you take to help heal Mother Earth today?
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