Happy Earth Day!
On April 22 of 1970, we commemorated the first Earth Day. Numerous people gathered to bring the necessity of protecting our planet to the spotlight and 50 years later, we commemorate with over a billion people in 141 different countries across the globe. At this time, we take a step back to be thankful for everything that this beautiful Earth does for us as we completely depend on it. This Earth sustains and provides the foods we eat, the water we drink and the air that we breathe; thus, it is one of the most precious things we have.
From the very first Earth Day, the impact had brought forth the launch of what would later become the inspiration of the current environmental movement. Several groundbreaking environmental laws came to be- amazing new laws like the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.
For this year’s Earth Day, April 22 of 2020, we celebrate its 50th anniversary and the theme is Climate Action. It is a very pressing issue that brings forth an even greater challenge that threatens every eco-system on this planet. Though, at this time, we are keeping physical distance, it won’t alter the fact that change comes from a loud and unified demand. Even if Earth Day seems to be going digital this year, the goal remains and we can still appreciate the beauty of this planet together. To connect virtually, NASA has encouraged for us to share photos of how you made your mark for their anniversary on social media by using the hashtag #EarthDayAtHome. NASA has also created activities especially for Earth Day for everyone of all ages to enjoy and you can check them out here.
There are several other things you can do from the comfort of your home and here are just a few more suggestions.
. Add some green to your space. It can be done by planting a small garden of herbs, veggies and flowers or even getting yourself a small indoor plant to purify the air in your home.
. You can refresh your knowledge of local recycling methods and find out where you can recycle materials like textiles and electronic waste.
. You can go on a virtual tour or learn about the rainforests or deserts, explore the coral reefs or even to the coasts of Peru.
. Earth Day lines up with the peak of the Lyrid meteor shower, so it's an excellent time to learn how to stargaze. If the skies are clear, then hopefully you'll be able to see a few shooting stars.
. If you like documentaries, you can watch one that reminds you of the beauty of this earth to further inspire you. On Netflix, you can check out Our Planet hosted David Attenborough, which features beautiful footage and looks into climate change and how it's negatively impacted our world.
. Purchase from sustainable brands- clothes that are made from recycled material, organic house-cleaners and so much more!
Though the themes for each year may change, what doesn’t change is the goal of global sustainability. From the things we eat to what we wear or throw away, our everyday choices make an impact and the things we do today cast a vote for the future we want tomorrow. Now, more than a billion people take part in Earth Day and it’s a stepping stone to a brighter future.
So, let's celebrate Earth Day!