New Delhi: As the world marks April 22 as Earth Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to his social media to express gratitude to “Mother Earth” and urge people to invest in our planet. Sharing a small video clip of his past remarks about India’s traditional regard for the environment, PM Modi said, “#EarthDay is about expressing gratitude to Mother Earth for her kindness and reiterating our commitment to care for our planet.”
The clip also talks about the responsibility of every generation to conserve the environment.
View PM Modi’s Earth Day Post Here:
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 22, 2022
Along with PM Modi, Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu also took to social media to talk about Earth Day 2022. Highlighting the importance of this year’s theme ‘Invest In Our Planet’, he said,
This Earth Day, let us resolve to put in concerted efforts to reverse the damage caused to the planet. This year’s theme #InvestInOurPlanet reminds us to strive harder to protect the environment so that we can pass on a greener and safer planet to future generations. #EarthDay
This Earth Day, let us resolve to put in concerted efforts to reverse the damage caused to the planet. This year's theme #InvestInOurPlanet reminds us to strive harder to protect the environment so that we can pass on a greener and safer planet to future generations. #EarthDay pic.twitter.com/JaFIae9AhW
— Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat) April 22, 2022
On the other hand, talking about focusing on sustainable development for a greener tomorrow, Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said,
Today on the occasion of #EarthDay, we bow in reverence to Mother Earth. Let us all with humility pledge to focus on reducing our environmental footprints and ensuring sustainable development. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet & its people!
Stressing upon the connection between climate change and poverty, Thongam Biswajit Singh, Minister for Power, Forest, Environment and Climate Change, Agriculture, Science & Technology, Manipur said,
Restoring our damaged ecosystems will help to end poverty & combat #ClimateChange. This #EarthDay2022, let us collectively work towards a better and greener tomorrow. #EarthDay #LetTheEarthBreath
The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet & its people!
Restoring our damaged ecosystems will help to end poverty & combat #ClimateChange.
— Th.Biswajit Singh (@BiswajitThongam) April 22, 2022
Talking about COVID-19 and how it is another grim reminder to take action towards climate change, Former Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said,
There is no Planet B! Taking care of this one is upto us! Covid #pandemic is another reminder of the urgency to move on a cleaner, greener path to #RestoreOurEarth & sustain all life on it.
There is no Planet B!
Taking care of this one is upto us!
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) April 22, 2022
Apart from the ministers, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, the Dalai Lama also took to social media to talk about Earth Day 2022, things affecting the planet and actions we all need to take. He said,
Our world is heavily interdependent. New challenges, like the climate crisis that affects us all, as well as our participation in the global economy, mean that we must take the whole of humanity into account. We have to put the global interest first.
He further said that there is an urgent need to take steps to reduce people’s reliance on fossil fuels and they must pay attention to deforestation and protect the environment better. He added,
We need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and adopt renewable sources of energy such as those that rely on the wind and the power of the sun. We have to plant and care for more trees. In my own life, I have witnessed the decline in snowfall, first in Tibet and later in Dharamsala. Indeed, some scientists have told me that there is a risk of places like Tibet eventually becoming deserts.
About Earth Day 2022
Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. This year, the day is being marked with the theme ‘Invest in our planet’. Stressing on ‘time is now’ and calling for urgent climate action, Earth Day 2022 calls people to, “Act (boldly), innovate (broadly), and implement (equitably). It’s going to take all of us. All in. Businesses, governments, and citizens — everyone accounted for, and everyone accountable. A partnership for the planet.”
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