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Earth Day 2019 Celebrated with Flair

Dr. Sangeeta Soi
Dr. Sangeeta Soi

The 49th edition of International Earth Day was celebrated worldwide. Pictures from all over the world were shared on various social media platforms. A global event with over a billion people from 192 countries participating in what has come to be the single-largest day of action in the world. 

Since ages, our mother earth has been facing lots of difficulties through activities that man has been performing for his day to day living. Over the decades, global issues like climate change, deforestation, loss of habitats, wildlife trafficking and illegal poaching, unsustainable agricultural practices, pollution and pesticides have led to a lot of detrimental changes to the planet. There had been an unprecedented scale of loss to the diversity of plant and wildlife directly linked to these causes. And while some of those changes are part of the cyclical changes that the planet goes through long-term, there is the undeniable role of human hands in driving the far-reaching impacts of climate change. 

On this day the people and organisation all over the world plant trees and bring ideas to make it big and present an example of cleaner, safe and greener earth which can pave way for future life. Worldwide Earth Day is a cause for political action and civic participation where people march, sign petitions, plant trees, clean up towns and roads to accelerate work towards conservation and sustainability. Also, celebrating the day's significance include corporations, governments and faith leaders. 

On the occasion of earth day, the first ever photo of both earth and moon in the same frame has been sent by Voyager 1, from 7.25 million miles out.

Earth Day is an annual event that is celebrated on April 22 every year. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day now includes events in more than 193 countries, which are coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.  

The first Earth Day celebrations took place in two thousand colleges and universities, roughly ten thousand primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of communities across the United States. More importantly, it "brought 20 million Americans out into the spring sunshine for peaceful demonstrations in favour of environmental reform 

It is the right time to get more acquainted about the environment and get to know to make it a better place to live in.  It now is observed in 192 countries, and coordinated by the nonprofit Earth Day Network, chaired by the first Earth Day 1970 organizer Denis Hayes, according to whom Earth Day is now "the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year." Walt Kelly created an anti-pollution poster featuring his comic strip character Pogo with the quotation, "We have met the enemy and he is us" to promote the 1970 Earth Day. Environmental groups have sought to make Earth Day into a day of action to change human behaviour and provoke policy changes.  

The following activities can be taken into account to celebrate the earth day every year; 

  1. Plant new trees at your own garden house or nearby place or park

  2. Read articles and get knowledge, how to save the environment for future

  3. Get more ideas to save water in a way saving earth

  4. Give a lecture or campaign at your nearby school or institution to explain the importance of Earth Day.

  5. Commit to protecting local wild places in your community.

  6. Clean up litter in your community

  7. Eating earth-friendly food. 

  8. Plant a vegetable garden

  9. Switch to vegetarian or vegan diet.

  10. Try to minimize the waste from your surrounding

  11. Walk or carpool in order to reach the workplace.

  12. Stop leakage of water by checking frequently whenever required.

  13. Help kids learn about the environment by installing a play garden.

  14. Take any initiative to make your workplace more environment-friendly

  15. Adopt a creature at a wildlife preserve.  

If one follows the above-mentioned ideas, we can certainly keep our earth, as well as ourselves, fit and healthy to survive and enjoy the day every year and for centuries to come. 

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