April 22, 2022, the world commemorates Earth Day.
Earth day is both a celebration and a call to action.
Jane Goodall’s message landed in my inbox this morning confirming that this Earth Day, “it’s more important than ever for us to understand that every individual makes a difference.”
Climate change, sustainability, preserving and protecting our health, our families, and livelihoods – these words have profound relevance as we become more aware that our well-being is tied to each other and contingent upon each of us making a commitment to living in peace with our world.
My father introduced me to Henry David Thoreau when I was a teenager. I still have the book my father gave me those many years ago, which I take out every April 22 to read a passage in honour of Earth Day.
Henry David Thoreau influenced my views on living sustainably. Best known for his book Walden, a reflection on living simply and close to nature, Thoreau’s lasting contributions in the areas of natural history and philosophy continue to influence modern-day environmentalism.
According to Our World in Data, more than 4 billion people – more than half of the world – live in urban areas. A robust connection between nature and urbanization will be a critical element for maintaining biodiversity and well-being of all who call earth “home”.
According to The Nature Conservatory, ”urbanization has been a major driver of habitat loss over recent decades, but this trend can be shifted with better planning for sustainable urban growth and use of natural solutions, careful management of protected areas near cities, and integration of habitat into cities.”