Earth Day 2022: our planet is calling

Today, 22 April, the world marks Earth Day with #BeTheWave, an international campaign that brings people from all over the world to create one global heartbeat.

Can you hear the Earth’s heartbeat? Listen to it here

This is a message that we need to wake up before it is too late!

Once we have extracted all the resources we can from our planet, when there are no more fish in the sea, when the Earth is barren and devoid of trees… what will happen to us?

Today, on Earth Day, we need to take action. Not just today, but every day. Every one of us needs a healthy Earth to support our jobs, livelihoods, health, and happiness. A healthy planet is not an option – it is a necessity.

It is not too late. According to scientists, human action can change the course of events. Immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and reaching net-zero CO2 emissions have the potential to limit climate change and its effects. 

Our planet is calling us! Let’s join forces and take a stand for the environment, to save our home!

Background

The #BeTheWave campaign aims to raise awareness on the state of the planet and the urgency to act. The campaign invites all to help create a global heartbeat, “the Earth’s heartbeat” by recording and posting their own heartbeat by clapping their hands, beating drums, or turning any noise into a heartbeat.

The Earth, our home, is in a critical condition:

  • Temperature on Earth will rise by 2.7 degrees this century, even if we meet our 2030 climate target, affecting food supplies, lives and livelihoods. Higher temperatures cause more intense and extreme weather events. Natural disasters are three times more frequent than 50 years ago, resulting in over 60,000 deaths per year.
  • An estimated 9 million people, including almost 2 million children under the age of five, die every year due to environmental factors like pollution.
  • One in three people do not have access to safe drinking water. By 2050, up to 5.7 billion people could be living in areas where water is scarce for at least 1 month a year.
  • Over the past 20 years, plastic waste in the sea has increased by 49%, killing thousands of marine animals each year.
  • 60% of world ecosystems are degraded, destroyed by overuse of natural resources. 

The European Union is one of the world leaders in action on climate change, with a goal to reduce emissions by 55% from 1990 levels by 2030 and to become climate-neutral by 2050, backed by the European Green Deal to make its climate ambitions a reality.

The EU also strongly advocates for climate ambition across the globe, and together with its member states, EU is the largest provider of climate financing in the world, helping developing countries to facilitate their green transition and to tackle the adverse effects of climate change.