Hands up for Mother Earth

Filipino senator Cynthia Villar (centre) participating in a hand-painting exercise with environmental advocates on the coast of Freedom Island to mark Earth Day in Las Pinas City, south of Manila, yesterday. Earth Day is celebrated annually on April
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Filipino senator Cynthia Villar (centre) participating in a hand-painting exercise with environmental advocates on the coast of Freedom Island to mark Earth Day in Las Pinas City, south of Manila, yesterday.

Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22 to raise awareness and develop a sense of public responsibility towards environmentally sustainable practices. It aims to build a healthy, global ecosystem and maintain a viable planet for future generations.

According to the Earth Day Network, this year's theme is "Trees For The Earth". The organisation has started a campaign to plant 7.8 billion trees by 2020 in time for Earth Day's 50th anniversary.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 23, 2016, with the headline 'Hands up for Mother Earth'. Print Edition | Subscribe