Mother Earth Day 2021 – Mother Earth sends us a messageWiebke Venter
The Mother Earth Day marks the anniversary of the start of the modern environmental movement in 1970. At that time environmental protection was not yet a priority of national political agendas. The UN Conference on the Human Environment 1972 in Stockholm marked the beginning of a growing global awareness of the interdependence between people, other living species and our planet. In 2009 the UN General Assembly designated the 22nd of April as International Mother Earth Day.
Today we can clearly see the close relationships between human, animal and environmental health. Take a look at the effects of climate change, man-made nature disturbances, crimes that disrupt biodiversity – like deforestation, land-use changes, intensified agriculture and livestock production or the growing illegal wildlife trade – can increase the transmission of infectious diseases from animals to human (zoonotic diseases) like COVID-19.
According to UN Environment, of the one new infectious disease that emerges in humans every 4 months, 75 % of these emerging diseases come from animals.
Mother Earth is clearly sending us a message and urging a call to action. Increasing awareness is the first step towards making better informed decisions in our lives.
More than ever should we remember on this International Mother Earth Day that we need a shift to a more sustainable economy and lifestyle, that works for both people and the planet.
RESTORE THE EARTH
It´s no coincidence that this year´s Mother Earth Day motto carries our shop´s name. Our aim has always been to promote harmony with nature and the Earth, and to raise awareness around the beauty of this planet. Our philosophy is to Re-Store Mother Earth by reusing, reducing and recycling, but first of all by becoming conscious of the issues and individual solutions for an Earth-conscious lifestyle.
Each member of our Re-Store family had a different starting point with becoming Earth-conscious. We saw the trash lying around in nature on our travels. We had role models in our lives that made us become more aware. We were exposed to media and documentaries about the issues and solutions, and then started reading about it. The one thing we have in common is that our lifestyle changes started with one easy swap and then evolved over time to a holistic lifestyle, that is far from perfect.
We believe in being conscious and mindful, and just doing the best we can in every moment of our lives. This can be a plastic-conscious lifestyle, being mindful about the transportation that we are using, implementing a plant-based diet, or if possible, all of them. We do believe that 100 % is not possible and that every little step counts. In any case, it is so important to start with something. More consciousness and motivation will follow. When you go out of your comfort zone, the comfort zone will expand to become a new, bigger comfort zone.
The Re-Store´s part in listening to Mother Earth´s messages is to offer products that are Earth-conscious: plastic free or reduced in plastic, some are completely natural, certified organic, or vegan. That goes along with some interesting eco-facts, blogs and videos that we are sharing on our website and our social media platforms. So, follow us to go on that journey with us and learn with us. Because we are learning every day as well.
Have a happy International Mother Earth Day 2021 and enjoy your journey towards a more Earth-conscious lifestyle with us!
Read more about Mother Earth Day on: https://www.earthday.org/