22 April 2017 marks The Earth Day and here’s what you need to know about it.
What is Earth Day?
Earth day is when billions of people celebrate our planet and take initiatives to save and preserve it, it is a festival celebrated annually and it will mark its 50th anniversary in 2020, The origin of Earth Day dates back to 1970 when Gaylord Nelson, then a United States Senator from Wisconsin, witnessed the damage to the environment caused by the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Nelson realized that something had to be done to preserve the environment and hence, he tried to create public awareness about it. Ever since then The Earth Day is celebrated worldwide by 190 countries. On this day, various pledges, programmes and actions take place to highlight issues related to climate change, global warming, the environment.
Why Do People Celebrate it?
So as the name suggest, it is a festival to celebrate our planet, we only have one planet where we live and its degrading every year due to environmental issues. Every year billions of people participate in this festival to take an initiative of preserving our environment. In fact it has also made a huge network in India and now has a permanent network called EDN India, which is located in Kolkata.
Why Should I Care?
As i mentioned above, we only have one planet to live in, hence it is VERY important to contribute for environment safety if you wish to live in a healthy, safe planet. With the increasing amount of global warming, it is imperative that we humans take an action and do something to, if not curb, them reduce it. The warning effects of global warming can be felt with the increasing amount of temperature across India and the world (its freaking 45-50 degrees in some states!!) And also, let’s not forget the decreasing amount of sparrows across the world. The presence of the tiny bird indicates having a safe environment and the fact that they are decreasing and dying is a HUGE cause of concern. Apart from that many countries have seen an increase in health problems due to growing pollution and global warming. If THAT is not a cause for concern then I don’t know what is.
What Can I Do To Be A Part Of It
Don’t worry fam, we got you covered! We have listed a few tips and things you can do to celebrate this glorious day on an individual level and help Mother Earth.
1) Eradicate the use of plastic bags:
This doesn’t need much of an explanation, plastic is way more difficult to decompose so it is eventually burned which causes air pollution and contributes to global warming.
2) Plant saplings:
if you a suitable, open place where there are no tress, but are needed to plant trees then what are you waiting for? Gather some friends and plant some saplings, it not only will help the environment but also becomes a fun activity with friends!
3) Try Cycling Often:
If you have to cover a short distance, or say just go around, then try using a cycle instead of a rickshaw or a car or a bike. It will not only save fuel but also keep you healthy at the same time! Besides its easier to go through traffic on a bicycle. You can also just take a public transport whenever you can.
4) Save water:
A lot of people have made campaigns for this cause, it is important to save water and use it wisely, use less water while having a bath. Don’t keep the tap open when you are brushing your teeth. While changing water from your water bottle, just empty the old water in a plant instead of throwing it in the sink. These are small things you can do to save water.
5) Reduce wastage of energy:
Don’t keep the fans or the A.C on unnecessarily. In fact, we are so dependent of air conditioners now days that we have forgotten what real air feels like, air conditioners use a lot of electricity and contributes to global warming. Save energy whenever you can.
6) Go paperless:
There are many smart ways to take notes and read. Let’s try to go paperless whenever we can because millions of tress are cut every year to provide us with paper which eventually just goes in raddi or trash. If you do want to use paper then do make sure to recycle it. You can read e-newspapers or news apps to stay updated to news instead of buying physical news papers.
7) Let others know too:
Our efforts won’t make sense if more and more people are not made aware of this. So spread the word and motivate others to do something for the environment!
Here are some facts to motivate you
1)Since 1870, global sea levels have risen by about eight inches (20.3cm).
2)The species of sparrows a.k.a housing birds have decreased rapidly over the past few years.
3) Earth was reported to have more amount of carbon dioxide since the past 800,000 years.
4) The arctic ice is melting faster rapidly, and it is expected to be completely ice free by 2040, do we really want to have a number of tsunamis?
5) According to a World Resources Institute study, the number of people exposed to flooding each year may well triple from 21 million to 54 million by 2030.
Remember people, a few small initiatives from you can make a world of difference for the next coming centuries, let’s have eco- friendly festival celebrations, let’s plant more trees because they are the NEED of the hour.
So hope you guys are celebrating Earth Day and making a difference to the world! Comment and let us know if you did! We’d love to read your experiences and thoughts!
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