Earth Day Celebration 2017

As human beings, we need to build and influence a global community that is familiar with the concepts of climate change, and aware of its unprecedented threats to our planet. Education is the foundation of this; we need to empower each and everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of environmental protection. 

Earth Day, which is marked annually across the world to show support for environmental protection aims to encourage people to do things that will benefit the Earth, such as recycling more, using solar power or planting of trees. This year’s theme “Environmental and Climate Literacy” is more of a campaign that will help facilitate successful and meaningful Earth Day events throughout the world.

The 2017 Earth Day is being celebrated on 22 April, following the twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) that took place in Marrakech, Morocco 7-18 November 2016; which successfully demonstrated to the world that the implementation of the Paris Agreement is underway and the constructive spirit of multilateral cooperation on climate change continues. Leaders, public and private sectors and every citizen were encouraged to create a tangible bridge between the vision for a brighter future and the implementation of concrete climate responsible projects on the ground that will interlink with global challenges of climate change and sustainable development. Despite this remarkable achievement, we cannot afford to pull back our efforts. To build a world that values environmental protection and cultivates sustainable communities for all people, we must have educated citizens.

Africa, one of the most vulnerable continents to climate change, further exacerbated by its poor state of economic development and low adaptive capacity will be having some low key activities to mark this year’s Earth Day, however, we urge our agricultural co-operatives, who feel the brunt of climate change, to come out in large numbers and take part in planned Earth Day activities, or mark the day by planting of wildflowers, try an organic vegetable garden, or do water conservation. From what has been observed in the past, many prefer planting trees: how about planting a tree for the next generation with the next generation?

All the best from the Alliance Africa as your celebrate Earth Day 2017.