Every year, 22 April is observed as Earth Day across the globe and people and major stakeholders take part in civic activities and work towards raising awareness about critical issues that the Earth is facing.
What is Earth Day? It’s a special celebration that brings together people from around the world to remember that planet Earth is our home and we want to live in harmony with nature. We are all responsible for protecting our planet and looking after all the species that live here.
How did it start? The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970. Dealing with dangerously serious issues concerning toxic drinking water, air pollution, and the effects of pesticides, an impressive 20 million Americans ventured outdoors and protested together. For the next several decades, Earth Day was only celebrated across the United States. It was then in 1990 when the concept was taken to a global level. Under the direction of Denis Hayes, more than 200 million people representing 141 countries around the world came together to celebrate Earth Day and push for environmental improvements on a global level. The event paved the way for future projects including the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit.
Why is it important? On this day, environmental organisations from all over the world come together to highlight the urgent need to protect the many ecosystems that make up our environment. These ecosystems are under attack from climate change and the natural disasters caused by rising temperatures: forest fires, floods and terrible storms. More than a million animal and plant species are in danger of extinction through loss of habitat, mainly due to human activity. This, in turn, is leading to outbreaks of deadly diseases that spread from wildlife to humans.
This year theme? The theme for 2021 is Restore our Earth, which focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems. In this way, the theme rejects the notion that mitigation or adaptation are the only ways to address climate change. It is up to each and every one of us to Restore Our Earth not just because we care about the natural world, but because we live on it.
Ways to celebrate Earth Day? Celebrate Earth Day by appreciating and respecting the natural world. Here are some ideas to inspire you this year:
- Conserve water! Taking shorter showers or turning off the water while brushing your teeth is one of the tips to save water on Earth day.
- Reduce plastic dependency: Plastic permeates every aspect of our lives, so it’s important to stop using Plastic bags and stop buying water bottles and use a reusable ones.
- Plant a tree! We love our trees! They capture carbon, cool overheated places, benefit agriculture, support pollinators, reduce the risk of disease transmission, and boost local economies.
- Turn off the lights! Save electricity and use less energy by acquiring some candles instead! Light some candles and incense and you’ll not only have classy ornaments flickering across your house, but your pad will smell pleasant too.
- Clean up plastic in your neighborhood or local park One of the best ways to connect with the Earth is through cleanups! Go on a walk with a trash bag and help to clean up any plastic that you find. Perhaps you know of a nearby ditch that is polluted with trash that needs a spring cleaning!
- Watch a documentary about the Earth. On Netflix, check out Our Planet, a stunning docuseries hosted by David Attenborough that features beautiful footage and explores how climate change has impacted our world.
- Go and enjoy nature in a special way. Go on a hike. Go to the park. Do something that gets you in touch with nature and that helps to remind you exactly why you’re going to want to go ahead and put so much time, effort, and energy into what you have to offer here.
- Join the movement during the 2021 demonstrations under the theme “Restore Our Earth” Attend virtual events on this website https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2021/
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