International Mother Earth Day will be celebrated across the world on Thursday to raise awareness about the protection of the planet.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming April 22 as International Mother Earth Day last year. The initiative was put forward by Bolivian leader Evo Morales and adopted unanimously by the Assembly.

The Assembly acknowledged that “the Earth and its ecosystems are our home”, and expressed its conviction that it was “necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth”, in order to “achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations.”

“We may face a future of inexorable decline as we destroy the fragile ecosystems that support all life on the planet. The question before us is how to slow this decline or, in the best of scenarios, how to reverse it and return our planet to good health,” Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, then President of the General Assembly, said after the resolution had been adopted.

The document states that Mother Earth is a common expression for our planet in a number of countries and regions, which “reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit.”

MOSCOW, April 22 (RIA Novosti)