She is the best Valentine anybody could ever wish for. She is full of love and only knows how to give. Without expectation. She is MOTHER EARTH. So today, on Valentine Day, love her back. For the sake of LOVE, consider making small lifestyle changes for her health and well-being.
And that is what college students from Delhi pledged to do today. Led by a group called Youth For Climate India (YFC), the students celebrated this Friday --- coinciding with Valentine’s Day – in a unique way. “Be My Valentine,” they said to the plants and trees and bees and bugs. They carried a big floral heart and went round Lodhi Garden, professing their love for Nature. The students are part of Fridays for Future – a movement initiated by Swedish Green Warrior Greta Thunberg, last year to protest government and business inaction on climate change.
Rallying behind Greta, every Friday, youngsters from across the world have been awakening the green consciousness of people through creative activities like group songs, rallies, painting sessions, street plays and screening of films on nature.
As part of the celebrations, the music group from Swami Shraddhanand College sang American Rapper Lil Dicky’s – also known as David Andrew Burd – earth song:
“We love the Earth, it is our planet
We love the Earth, it is our home…
As the song gathered momentum, picnickers and office goers who were sunning themselves elsewhere in the expansive garden, joined the chorus. On dedicating this Valentine’s Day to Mother Earth, Rachit Tiwari of YFC said, “February 14th is celebrated as Valentine's Day worldwide as a symbol of love and compassion. We thought why don't we celebrate this day to express our love with mother earth who is giving us everything we need. Now it is time, this bond needs to be cherished and appreciated.
“We’re living in a time when temperatures are soaring, sea levels are rising, emissions are escalating and we are very fast-moving towards sixth mass extinction. As a climate action group, we believe that we must stop seeing the natural world as a commodity and start seeing it as we see a family member, something to love, protect, care for and cherish.
“What we NEED is to listen to the Earth. The purpose of this event is to bring people together and reframe the thoughts of ‘We and the Earth are One’