If you love Planet Earth, receive the signals sent out by Mother Earth, our planet is warning us to take action. The environment has been enduring for a long time. Oceans getting dumped with plastic and all forms of water bodies turning more acidic. Floods, extreme heat, and wildfire have impacted millions of the population. Presently, we are still confronting the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, connected to the state of our ecosystem.
Man-made nature violations in the form of deforestation, overuse of land, overstated agriculture and livestock production, or the growing unfair wildlife trade, destroy biodiversity. This ultimately leads to climate change, which can speed up the devastation of the planet as a whole.
Did you know?
- Every year 4.7 million hectares of forests are being cut on the planet â€“ a space wider than Denmark.
- A healthy ecosystem is essential to withstand any catastrophe, like floods. And biological diversity prevents pathogens from circulating fast.
- It is figured that roughly one million animal and plant species are on the verge of extinction.
Our voice matters:
Archana Soreng, a climate activist comes from the Kharia tribe in Odisha, India. Only 5% of the worldâ€™s population is composed of indigenous communities like hers. Still, they nurture more than 20% of our globe and 80% of its biodiversity. We are required to protect the rights and understand the vital role of indigenous communities in conserving our world and its biological resources.
What exactly is climate change and what actions are being taken and who is carrying them out? Are we in time to save Mother Earth?
To answer these pertinent questions we must work together to meet the commitments to save our planet. As all of us have a part in climate action and in understanding climate change better. For this very reason, Earth Day is celebrated.
Every year on April 22, above one billion people, celebrate Earth Day to secure the world from deforestation and pollution. In being part of activities like picking up trash and planting trees, we’re creating our earth a happier and healthier place to reside.
Earth Day originated in 1970 as a day of education about environmental crises. The holiday is now a global sentiment prolonged to Earth Week, a whole seven days of events focused on green housing and facing the climate problem.
Earth Day History
By the early 1960s, Americans started paying attention to the impacts of pollution on the environment, during the early 1960s. The fallacy of the hazardous reactions of pesticides to the American countryside was brought up in Rachel Carsonâ€™s 1962 bestseller Silent Spring.
Later in 1969, an ablaze on Clevelandâ€™s Cuyahoga River exposed the danger of pollutants discharged from the plants. Until then, there were hardly any activists committed to large-scale problems like industrial smog. And conserving the world’s biological reserves was never the purpose of the nationwide political plan.
Pollutants were released by the factories into the air, lakes, and rivers with limited legal outcomes. Massive, gas-guzzling cars were assumed to be a sign of riches. A very little percentage of the American public was aware of recycling.
Who Started Earth Day?
A Democrat from Wisconsin appointed to the U.S. Senate in 1962, Senator Gaylord Nelson, resolved to persuade the federal government that the globe was under threat. Nelson declared the Earth Day concept at a summit in Seattle in the fall of 1969 and urged the entire nation to be concerned.
The feedback was dramatic. Telegrams, letters, and telephone inquiries came from all parts of the country. The American society eventually had a panel to address their issues about what was going on in the land, air, rivers, and lakes, and they did so with huge acknowledgment.
Denis Hayes, a young activist who had worked as student president at Stanford University, was chosen as Earth Dayâ€™s national coordinator, and he conducted with an army of student volunteers and several staff members from Nelsonâ€™s Senate office to oversee the mission.
On the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, marches were carried out in Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, and most other American cities. Hence, the first Earth Day was beneficial in boosting attention to environmental crises and changing public behaviors. Senator Nelson later expressed that “Earth Day” kicked off the environmental decade with a bang.”
During the 1970s, several important articles of environmental legislation were enacted, the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, and so on. In December 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency was entrusted with saving human health and protecting the natural environmentâ€”air, land, and water.
What Do You Do For Earth Day?
Earth Day celebrations have evolved since 1970. In 1990, Earth Day went global, with 200 million people in over 140 nations joining in, according to the Earth Day Network (EDN), a nonprofit organization that organizes Earth Day pursuits.
In 2000, Earth Day concentrated on clean energy and involved hundreds of millions of people in 184 countries and 5,000 environmental groups, according to EDN.
Today, the Earth Day Network unites with more than 17,000 members and groups in 174 countries. More than 1 billion people are entrusted to Earth Day exercises, executing it as â€œthe largest secular civic event in the world.â€
27 April 2022, Climate and Environment
On this day, the UN Secretary-General AntÃ³nio Guterres’s Net-Zero Expert Group met for the first time with the purpose to create healthier and more strict standards for net-zero emissions by forces – such as industries, investors, and cities – to vow to speed up their execution.
The UN chief condemned the fact that due to the ongoing war in Ukraine high carbon emissions will prevail for some time, citing that economic and technical hurdles to the deployment of renewable power are damaging many developing countries.
“Global emissions must decrease by 45 percent by 2030 to avoid climate catastrophe,” Guterres stressed, with the help of Net-Zero experts.
This is the first Mother Earth Day observed within the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Ecosystems maintain all life on Earth. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet and its people. Reviving our decayed ecosystems will assist to halt poverty, fight climate change and stop mass extinction.
During this Earth Day, we the people must remind ourselves – more than ever – that we wish for a change to a more sustainable economy that practices for both people and the planet. Letâ€™s cultivate peace with nature and join the global campaign to restore our world.
Climate action starting now:
Everyone has a role in climate action. At the United Nations, we are calling on people everywhere to work together to solve climate challenges and fulfill the commitments of the 2015 Paris Agreement. Efforts taken by governments, enterprises, civil society, and youth in every part of the world are also recorded.
Lastly, how do we celebrate Earth Day?
Here are 8 simple ways we can celebrate Earth Day this year:
- By participating in The Great Global Cleanup Campaigns.
- Organize a picnic to appreciate nature and spread love.
- To buy fruits and veggies from the local farms.
- To ride a bicycle, by avoiding cars or motorcycles.
- To plant a seed, flower, or tree in a pot, garden, or backyard.
- To make recycling bins available in every home and all the corners of the neighborhood.
- To make crafts and paint Earth Day cards using recycled materials.
- To find means to reduce junk.
Itâ€™s our planet, we very well understand it is in crisis. We also know that solutions are reachable. Improvement is already well underway, from more green energy to more steady food stocks. And the advantages are visible too, such as green jobs, clean air, and stabler economies. A more sustainable, thriving world is in scope. If you love Planet Earth , let’s join in taking action to uphold it, starting now.