UN promotes harmony with nature on International Mother Earth DayListen /
Governments have been urged to renew their pledges to honour and respect the planet.
Mr. Ban said the day provides a chance to promote harmony with nature but also to confront the hard truth that the planet is under threat.
"Unsustainable exploitation of natural resources – often driven by greed – is eroding our planet's fragile ecosystems. We are losing biodiversity as more and more species disappear. Short-sighted commercial fishing practices are depleting fish stocks. Acidity in the oceans is threatening the whole marine food chain. When we threaten the planet, we undermine our only home – and our future survival."
Mr. Ban said fortunately, millions of people around the world are part of a growing movement for sustainable development, and more and more governments are hearing their calls for action.
International Mother Earth Day, which is observed on 22 April, was established by the General Assembly in 2009.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.