Rising up, with one voice.....
Every year, on key dates in March and April, communities and people around the world celebrate our love for the Earth by calling for greater global ambition to tackle the environmental challenges of our time.
This poem reminds us of our oneness with the Earth and all of creation
Earth Day 22 April 2020
Earth Day 2020 theme: Climate Action
The enormous challenges — but also the vast opportunities — of acting 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.
At the end of 2020, nations will be expected to increase their national commitments to the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. The time is now for citizens to call for greater global ambition to tackle our climate crisis. Unless every country in the world steps up – and steps up with urgency and ambition — we are consigning current and future generations to a dangerous future.
Earth Day 2020 will be far more than a day. It must be a historic moment when citizens of the world rise up in a united call for the creativity, innovation, ambition, and bravery that we need to meet our climate crisis and seize the enormous opportunities of a zero-carbon future.
Good Shepherd, Singapore
On the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, 22 April 2020, children and staff of Good Shepherd Student Care (GSSC), Singapore participated in a day of activities which included hands-on gardening. They were led to an awareness of climate change and how their actions could contribute to the detriment or the renewed health of our planet Earth. See photo above.
Earth Hour 28 March 2020
Earth Hour is a global movement organized by WWF (World Wildlife Fund). It is a climate change initiative that aims to create awareness of people taking responsibility toward a sustainable future by turning the lights off. Millions of people turn off their lights for Earth Hour at 8.30 pm (20:30) in their local times on the last Saturday of March. Iconic buildings and landmarks around the world stand in darkness.
Businesses and government organizations, as well as community and political leaders, also take part in Earth Hour. It's about giving people a voice on the planet’s future and working together to create a sustainable low carbon future for planet earth.
Organisers decided to go ahead with Earth Hour 2020 despite the world being in such flux due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, all the official public events were cancelled to prioritise community safety rules.
More than 100 landmarks across the world switched off to show their support for Earth Hour. They included the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, Tokyo's Skytree, Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the Colosseum in Rome, the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Sydney, among others.
Photos and videos were shared on social media, but the buzz was somewhat dampened by the coronavirus pandemic-ensued lockdowns.
World Water Day - 22 March 2020
World Water Day is an annual UN observance day that highlights the importance of freshwater. The day is used to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The theme of the day focuses on topics relevant to clean water, sanitation and hygiene, which is in line with the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 6. The UN World Water Development Report is released each year around World Water Day. World Water Day 2020 is about water and climate change – and how the two are inextricably linked. We cannot afford to wait.
Good Shepherd, Singapore
Every Drop Counts! has been Singapore's slogan as far back as in the 60s when Singapore became an independent nation. Lacking all natural resources except human beings, Singapore has been dependent on neighbouring countries for water supply.
So it is heartening that Sister Fiona Yeo of Ahuva Good Shepherd - Small Group Care, Singapore introduced World Water Day to the children, raising their awareness of importance of Water.
Other resources with a focus on earth and Laudato Si’ are available on UISG Global Catholic Climate Movement - www.sowinghopefortheplanet.org
'There is no limit to your contribution however small
towards the protection of the earth.
Let us do our part for Mother Earth during March and April.
We will be connected to a world of Joy.
Commit to do something no matter how small for Mother Earth every day.
Thank you and God bless you.
Sr Del Kang, Singapore