Capital Ethiopia Newspaper

‘Our Planet, our home is neglected’

Mobilize the earth; “our Planet, our home is being neglected. Climate change continues unabated.

It seems there is a new ecological disaster happening almost daily. This earth day, it is time to mobilize the planet from the ground up to send a message that the earth won’t wait,” was the message of this year’s Earth Day celebration held on April 22nd around the world.
Earth Day has been celebrated globally since the 1960s and in Ethiopia since 2009. To commemorate the fourth national earth day, a workshop was held on April 24th and 25th 2012 at Ghion Hotel. The workshop had the theme “Mobilizing the Earth: Re-greening for food security. Adaptation to climate change and poverty reduction.”
The workshop that was organized by Climate Change Forum Ethiopia (CCF-E), Farm Africa/SOS Sahel Ethiopia, Forum for Environment (FfE), Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center (HoAREC) and Population, Health and Environment (HPE) Ethiopia Consortium held a roundtable discussion on the issue of biodiversity, development through the sustainable management of natural resources, tools for scaling up, re-greening successes and many others.
“The integration of farmers, communities, NGOs and the government is very important to strengthen sustainable forest management,” stated Tony Rinaudo, a representative of Vision Australia. The presentations at the workshop talked about other countries that have been successful in re-greening their environment, like Niger who managed to reforest 100,000 hectares of land in 2004.
One billion people from 192 countries participated in the celebration of this year’s 42nd anniversary of Earth Day. It was celebrated diversely throughout the world. In Iraq, the Ministry of the Education sent Earth Day materials to schools around the country and engaged more than one million students in 3,000 schools in Earth Day activities.In Seoul, South Korea, a local organization mobilized their community to learn about environmental issues and perform acts of environmental service.
In Morocco, a local group of students organized a trash clean up and tree planting program to help green their community. In Malaysia, hundreds of people removed debris and litter from a local waterfall in an effort to restore and preserve their natural environment. In Washington, DC, thousands gathered for the flagship Earth Day event that featured prominent civic leaders, environmental activists, celebrities, and musical acts.
Globally, more than 56,000 university students rallied on their campuses in honor of Earth Day to take action and call for a sustainable future. Thousands of religious leaders challenged their communities to become better stewards of the planet. Tens of thousands of schools organized educational activities for kids, and over six hundred elected officials voiced their support for the planet by attending local Earth Day events.