Mother Earth, our sole habitable planet, is facing increasing concerns about its health and well-being. International Mother Earth Day, celebrated annually on April 22, reminds us of our dependence on Earth's ecosystems and atmosphere while raising awareness about environmental issues and promoting sustainable solutions.

This year's Earth Day theme, "Planet Vs. Plastics," highlights the urgent challenge of plastic pollution, which poses multifaceted threats to our environment. From microplastics infiltrating food chains to non-biodegradable debris polluting oceans and landscapes, the crisis demands a global response. We must shift our production, consumption, and mindset to combat the scourge of plastics and safeguard the health of all life on Earth.

International Mother Earth Day is an opportunity for individuals, communities, and Governments worldwide to unite against plastic pollution. By participating in "Planet Vs. Plastics" activities, adopting sustainable habits, and supporting measures to reduce plastic production and waste, we can collectively contribute to a cleaner, greener, and healthier planet for everyone.

On this occasion, I urge all individuals, communities, and organizations to prioritize efforts to combat plastic pollution. Every small change in our daily lives towards reducing our plastic footprint is significant. Let's actively work towards eliminating plastic use and be part of the solution to ensure a sustainable, flourishing, and beautiful Mother Earth.

Happy International Mother Earth Day 2024 !

Admiral D K Joshi


Lieutenant Governor, A&N Islands &

Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency