Earth Day, 22nd of April 2023: the importance of working together to protect the planet

The news shows it almost every day: it is urgent to live in a more sustainable planet if we want to survive and keep thriving. But sometimes it is difficult realizing to what extent these facts are really affecting humans and the rest of the species. But one thing is clear: only working together will we be able to take care of the Earth. After the IPCC last report on climate change, it’s easier to understand that only a common effort will help the Earth to stay healthy, and therefore, its inhabitants as well.

But, do you know why this date is celebrated? Every year, since 1970, the Earth Day has been celebrated during the 22nd of April. The reason to establish this world day was the need to protect our planet. Pollution, biodiversity conservation, plastic litter, ocean levels raising and their acidification or desertification were some of the main motives to start commemorating this day. Then and now, the need to take care of the Earth from many perspectives is still the same, or even bigger.

Today, climate change is also causing natural disasters, which endanger all living beings’ health and homes due to human action. As ecosystems are key for all living beings, because they support life on Earth, it is vital to keep them healthy and to take great care of them. According to the United Nations, “Restoring our damaged ecosystems will help to end poverty, combat climate change and prevent mass extinction. But we will only succeed if everyone plays a part.”

The United Nations transformed this date’s name into Mother Earth’s Day in 2009 to highlight how important it is to remember this date an everything it implies. This is the second time it’s been celebrated within the context of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. “For this International Mother Earth Day, let’s remind ourselves – more than ever – that we need a shift to a more sustainable economy that works for both people and the planet”, claims the UN for this year’s Earth Day.

What do we do at Contactica to contribute?

We count on a great team composed by doctors, engineers, environmentalists, sustainability professionals, informatics experts and communication specialists who actively work on R&D proposals and projects. The fields of these project directly contribute to circular economy, human and animal health health, new value chains, sustainability methodologies standardisation, decarbonisation, clean energy… If you want to know more, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn, and visit the websites the projects we are part of: ALEHOOP, BeonNAT, Bluetools, CALIMERO, DELICIOUS, H2STEEL, LABPLAS, MAST3RBoost, NeoGiANT, Soildiveragro, Up4Health ,WHEATBIOME.

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