April 22

Earth seen from sky (picture by NASA)
Picture courtesy of NASA

Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

Many things have happened since then. Today, Earth Day is widely recognised as the largest day of mobilisation on the planet: it is a day of action and reflection to raise awareness of environmental challenges and issues that negatively impact our planet.

This year, one billion people in 192 countries will participate in Earth Day events. As last year, we may not be able to mobilise in the real world, but we can in the virtual world.

This day takes an even greater significance in Europe, as yesterday the negotiators of the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission reached an agreement on the European Climate Law, setting the frame for the EU’s climate action in the long term. We hoped for more ambitious targets, but this is a first step towards climate neutrality.

As you may know, mountains cover around 27% of world’s land surface, they are home to 25% of earth’s biodiversity, to over 28% of the world’s forests and to some 915 million people. Mountains are the canary in the coal mine when it comes to climate change, as temperatures there are increasing much more quickly than the global average. Climate change does not stop at borders nor at mountains. Visit the map at the link and join one of the many virtual events to reflect and raise awareness!

Earth map