On the eve of IMED, UN chief Ban Ki-moon, in his message said, "Action on climate change presents multiple opportunities to reset our relationship with Mother Earth and improve human well-being, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable. Sustainable energy for all can increase health, wealth and opportunity for billions of people, as can climate-smart agriculture; more efficient cities and better managed and protected forests."
This year, the focus is on creating green cities by mobilizing at least a million people to create a sustainable, healthy environment by greening communities worldwide. "Today, more than half of the world's population lives in cities. As the urban population grows and the effects of climate change worsen, our cities have to evolve," informs the UN while telling the significance of the theme of IMED this year.
"It's time for us to invest in efficiency and renewable energy, rebuild our cities and towns, and begin to solve the climate crisis. Over the next two years, with a focus on Earth Day 2014, the Green Cities campaign will mobilize a global movement to accelerate this transition. Join us in calling for a new era of green cities," urged UN on the occasion of IMED.
According to the UN, the term Mother Earth reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet that breeds life and nurtures it to be treated like mother. The observance is meant to promote a view of the Earth as the entity that sustains all living things found in nature and foster a shared responsibility to rebuild positively the troubled relationship of human race with nature.
There is an urgent need to drive home the fact that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance. Let us avail opportunity to raise public awareness regarding the well-being of the planet and all the life it supports.
It also 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.