International Mother Earth Day

"I appeal to all people everywhere to raise their voices. Speak out on behalf of this planet, our only home. Let us care for Mother Earth so she can continue to care for us as she has done for millennia. "
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

International Mother Earth Day is celebrated to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance. This year it is celebrated on April 22nd. It recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.

International Mother Earth Day provides an opportunity to raise public awareness around the world to the challenges regarding the well-being of the planet and all the life it supports.
Earth Day 2015 focuses on water. When asked if water is important, even a child answers, ‘YES’. Infact, life on earth originated from water, which is one of the most important elements of human evolution and sustenance. Here are a few quick facts to explain why water remains the most important element of our life.
* 65% of our body constitutes of water. Thus it is absolutely important for us to drink the right amount of water to maintain the equilibrium in our systems.
* We can survive without food and sunshine for almost seven days at a stretch, but not without water.

With that in mind Earth day 2015 focuses on the importance of water to the planet while also linking to its importance fo us.
'Mother Earth' is an ancient concept common to many languages and cultures, acknowledging our connection to the planet which sustains and nurtures us. Names include Pachamama (Andean culture), Terra (Ancient Rome) and Gaia (Ancient Greece). Gaia has also been used to name a theory (Gaia hypothesis) that life on Earth is organised into a complex a self-regulating system. 

You could use International Mother Earth Day as a prompt to explore these concepts or simply to reflect on how our planet nurtures us and how we can care for it in return.