International Mother Earth Day: Climate action needs to be accelerated

“We need to accelerate climate action with stronger and faster emissions cuts to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. We must also radically increase investments in adaptation and resilience, in particular for the most vulnerable countries and communities, which are the ones that have contributed the least to the crisis”.

With this message, the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, invites us to reflect on International Mother Earth Day, which is celebrated today. The date was dedicated this year to take into account humanity’s most important relationship: our relationship with the natural world.

“From the air we breathe and the water we drink to the soil we feed on, the health of human beings depends on the health of Mother Earth,” says the UN.

But he warns, at the same time, that “it seems that we are bent on destroying it.”

“Our actions are destroying forests, jungles, agricultural lands, wetlands, oceans, coral reefs, rivers, seas and lakes. Biodiversity is collapsing, with a million species on the brink of extinction,” warns the international organization. It invites, therefore, to put an end to these wars without truce or sense against nature.