Pollution, biodiversity conservation, plastic litter, ocean levels raising and their acidification or desertification were some of the main motives to start commemorating this day. Today, climate change is also causing natural disasters, which endanger all living beings’ health and homes due to human action.
That is why every year, since 1970, the Earth Day has been celebrated during the 22nd of April. The reason to establish this world day was the need to protect our planet. Then and now, the need to take care of the Earth from many perspectives is still the same, or even bigger.
As ecosystems are key for all living beings, because they support life on Earth, it is vital to keep them healthy and to take great care of them. According to the United Nations, “Restoring our damaged ecosystems will help to end poverty, combat climate change and prevent mass extinction. But we will only succeed if everyone plays a part.” The UN transformed this date’s name into Mother Earth’s Day in 2009 and this is the second time it’s been celebrated within the context of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
After the IPCC last report on climate change, it’s clear that only a common effort will help the Earth to stay healthy, and therefore, its inhabitants as well. “For this International Mother Earth Day, let’s remind ourselves – more than ever – that we need a shift to a more sustainable economy that works for both people and the planet”, claims the UN for this year’s Earth Day.
As ecosystems a key for all species to survive, and human action has been putting them in danger, from NeoGiANT we want to make our part from 2 different areas. On the one hand, developing final products which will improve farmed animals’ lives and health and, therefore, humans’ too. On the other hand, the zero-waste approach of the project, which is using natural extracts from underused feedstock (grape marc) contributes to create a new value chain and to create cleaner and healthier products for the farming sector. Also, these products will reduce the pollution caused by the overuse of antimicrobials in farms and contribute to the reduction of Antimicrobial Resistance.