As the world continues to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) stands in solidarity with all those already directly affected by the virus around the world and Fiji. Our thoughts are with all vulnerable populations, especially those who are already suffering from the ravages of environmental degradation – many with limited access to adequate healthcare for financial or geographic reasons.
A crisis, especially one of this intensity, inspires reflection and evokes difficult questions. Beyond the human tragedy, much attention has turned towards humanity’s relationship with Mother Earth and the impact of our activities.
Mother Earth, as a common expression for the planet earth in a number of countries and regions, reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit.
In celebrating International Mother Earth Day, let us renew our pledge to protect our planet Earth and ensure the survival of all species, including those threatened and endangered that call Oceania, home.
The Earth and its ecosystems are our home. In order to achieve a just balance among the economic, social, and environmental needs of present and future generations, it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth.
IUCN remains committed to its members, to its mission of sustainable development, and to working together with governments, NGOs and partners around the world, including Fiji, to ensure a healthy planet, with healthy people.