The last IPCC last report on climate change, is clear: only a common effort will help the Earth to stay healthy, and therefore, its inhabitants as well. Nature is struggling to thrive due to human action and the only solution is to work together to adapt and prevent climate change’s consequences. That is why we celebrate Earth’s Day.
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. Pollution, biodiversity conservation, plastic litter, ocean levels raising and their acidification or desertification were some of the main motives to start commemorating this day. Then and now, the need to take care of the Earth from many perspectives is still the same, or even bigger.
Today, climate change is also causing natural disasters, which endanger all living beings’ health and homes due to human action damaging their homes: ecosystems. This reflection on how we can take care of them is really important. 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 United Nations 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. “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.
How do we contribute from the MAST3RBoost project?
We try to make our part in MAST3RBoost by contributing to European’s transport sector’s decarbonization. Our goal is to improve hydrogen tanks capacity, so vehicles can use this alternative energy and, this way, reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Also, researching ultra porous materials from cleaner feedstock is another one of our key goals.