Earth is the only known plant with existence of life. Human race with intelligence is the supreme form of life on earth and the resources of the planet are under its control. Unfortunately, we have been competing with each other in depleting the resources. Earth day is being celebrated every year on April 22 to remind the human race about the importance of preserving the resources of Mother Earth.
Why do we celebrate Earth Day?
Merciless utilization of the resources over centuries has resulted in imbalances in nature. This has led to climate change, global warming, depletion of ozone layer, death of rivers and forests and extinction of various species. At this pace, existence of human life itself is in danger. Imbalances in nature have often led to massive earth quakes, flash floods, droughts and cyclones. Earth day celebration is to create awareness on the need for caring earth and protecting environment to avoid further damage to Mother earth. The day celebrates the distinctiveness of planet Earth and its exceptional biodiversity.
What is the history of Earth day?
The day was originally celebrated at Spring Equinox around 21 March every year. In modern era, Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin, USA proposed the idea of celebration of a day to promote awareness on ecology and encourage respectful handling of resources of earth. First such day was celebrated on 22 April, 1970. In year 2009, United Nations renamed Earth Day as International Mother Earth Day.
Earth Day Network (EDN) in association with numerous organizations and partners, co-ordinates the annual day celebration across the globe. Presently, the day is observed in more than 193 countries with involvement of more than 1 billion people.
Environmental and Climate Literacy – Theme for Earth Day 2017
Different concepts are selected by Earth Day Network (EDN) to increase awareness among people. Focus on green products, promotion of theme Reduce, Recycle and Reuse and pledge against global warming are some of them.
Earth Day 2017 intends to focus on Environmental and Climate Literacy. EDN aims to empower everyone with sufficient knowledge to elicit environmental friendly actions. The aims are encouraging creation of more environmental and climate friendly laws and policies and adoption of green technologies for development.
How can I contribute to save earth?
Awareness that each of us is responsible to preserve the earth will bring about radical changes in our habits and actions. Some of the small steps through which we can care the earth are
• Plant trees
• Avoid usage of plastic
• Dispose of plastic, electronics and other wastes properly.
• Preserve water, rivers and water bodies
• Reduce usage of vehicles to reduce pollution
• Minimize wastage of electricity.
Small ecology friendly steps by masses and stringent laws by governments are needed to protect the nature.
More than 1 billion people take part in International Mother Earth Day programmes every year. Let us unite to protect Mother Earth.
April 22 – International Mother Earth Day and its importance
International Mother Earth Day on April 22 every year celebrates the distinctiveness of planet Earth and its exceptional biodiversity.