|The United Nations General Assembly in 2009 through resolution A/RES/63/278, under the leadership of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, designated 22 April as the International Mother Earth Day. The Day recognizes a collective responsibility, set out in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with Nature so as to achieve a just balance among economic, social and ecological needs of the present and future generations.|
In traditional Indian culture, according to texts as early as theVedas, the Earth is home to all living species that inhabit it and must not be excluded as they all contribute to the planet's welfare and preservation. Therefore, human beings must contribute to the web of life of which they are a part and find ways of using the elements to produce food without damaging other life forms as far as possible.
World Citizens stress that Earth is our common home and that we must protect it together. Loss of biodiversity, desertification, and soil loss - all are signs that there must be renewed efforts to develop socio-economic patterns that are in harmony with Nature.
World Citizens highlight that the protection of Mother Earth is a task in which each of us must participate. However, there have always been traditions that stressed that a more enlightened group of humans would come to show the way. One tradition was among the Natives of North America. The more enlightened were thought of as "The Rainbow Warriors" - the warrior being one who protects rather than one who goes abroad to attack others. Nicola Beechsquirrel recalls this tradition in her poem, a tribute to Mother Earth.
The Rainbow Warriors
Come, all who ever loved our Earth
Rene Wadlow, President, Association of World Citizens.