|Artwork by: Mike Yap|
The 22nd of April marks the 45th Earth Day or International Mother Earth Day, where man puts nature on a pedestal and highlights our commitment to be stewards of this planet.
It all started in 1969 when a peace activist, John McConnell, at a UNESCO Conference in
, requested a special day to celebrate and
honor the Earth, and the concept of peace. The proposed date coincided with the
first day of Spring in the northern hemisphere, March 21, 1970. Then, US
Senator Gaylord Nelson, by only a month later, instigated Earth Day on April
22, 1970. Originally, it was only in the San
Francisco that this was observed, but in
1990, Denis Hayes and his organization brought forth awareness and extended the
celebration of Earth Day in 141 nations. Today, Earth Day Network facilitates
its annual celebration in more than 192 countries . US
"But the big decisions that lie ahead are not just for world leaders and policy-makers..."
- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 
The battle to save the environment is not just for those who are in position, it is a mandate that everybody should take part in. As with the theme of this year’s International Mother Earth Day celebration, “It’s our turn to lead” , let us join in and show our support, even in our very simple ways.
 Kharel, G. C. Earth Day 2014: History, Origin and Significance; 10 Inspiring Quotes That Will Touch Your Heart. 22 April 2014. [Accessed 04/21/2015].