Every year, on April 22, events are held around the world to celebrate Earth Day. Earth Day has reached more than 190 countries and is celebrated by more than 1 billion people each year, sending a message to governments and their fellow human beings that the battle for the environment is necessary, it is a battle for the future of the Earth and our future. Earth Day effort had been proposed by peace activist John McConnell during a 1969 UNESCO conference in San Francisco. McConnell reserved the date of March 21, 1970, the first day of spring, and events took place each in San Francisco, and other cities.

Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark, member of Global Geoparks Network (GGN), participates in the celebration of the EARTH DAY 2020 to raise sensitization for OUR planet! Human health and planetary health are inextricably linked. As many communities are losing significant individuals, as many more people become sick from the virus in many countries around the globe, while other start to see the successful results of the fight against the virus, as millions of people are suffering the economic hardship and billions are living in confinement we want to send you a message of solidarity and encouragement, we want to tell you that you are not alone!

The theme selected long ago for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary of EARTH DAY. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable. Today, Geoparks join our efforts with institutions and individuals worldwide to underline that we all need to act now! If we don’t demand change to transform our planet and meet our climate crisis, our current state will become the new normal — a world where pandemics and extreme weather events span the globe, leaving already marginalized and vulnerable communities even more at risk.

As referred previously, human health and planetary health are inextricably linked. To protect one, we must protect the other. Millions rallied behind this idea to create the first Earth Day in 1970, and, 50 years later, we must rally behind it again. Especially this year, when we are forced to sit in our homes, to protect our lives and the lives of our fellow human beings, the celebration of Earth Day 2020 takes on a very symbolic character. We are far from each other, but we care each other because we live together in the same house, the Earth.

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