World Earth Day 2021 Theme: Restore Our Earth
World Earth Day is celebrated on 22nd April every year. Civic leaders and people take part in civic activities and raise awareness about the critical issues our planet is facing. From deforestation, global warming to pollution, mother Earth poses a major threat, and that’s why we must, on this World Earth Day, take a pledge to incorporate environment-friendly habits to ‘restore our Earth’, which also happens to be this year’s theme.
Why Is Earth Day Celebrated On 22nd April?
On 22nd April 1970, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson and San Francisco activist John McConnell did a grassroots demonstration separately and asked Americans to participate in the process. Around 20 million Americans took part in the demonstration and protested against serious issues such as toxic drinking water, effects of pesticides and air pollution.
Many successful laws such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act were created by President Richard Nixon.
In the year 1990, 200 million people were mobilised in 141 countries to lift rising environmental issues on to a world stage, thus, recognising Earth Day on a global level. World Earth Day also paved the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro. Senator Nelson received the Presidential Medal Of Freedom for his role as Earth Day founder.
Here Are Some Of The Environment-Friendly Habits That You Can Incorporate Into Your Daily Lives:
- Plant Trees: Nothing has so many benefits as planting a tree. They cool heated places, support pollinators, captures harmful gases, and benefits agriculture. Plant trees on your own property or start a planting initiative in your society and set a target for every year.
- Conserve Water – We knowingly or unknowingly waste a lot of water. Studies show that due to global warming and water wastage, we might entirely run out of water. Understand how much water you need and only use that much. You can also practice rainwater harvesting.
- Make Your Kitchen Plastic-Free: Go to your kitchen, and you’ll know how much contribution you have in producing plastic in the environment. Plastic waste is increasing, and they are polluting the oceans at an alarming rate. Go for biodegradable products such as 100% recycled aluminium foil, compostable bags, chemical-free parchment paper. Use products that can be recycled and reused.
- Get Your Kids Involved – Pass down the love for nature to your kids and teach them how to care for mother Earth. Teach them gardening, organic farming and make them understand the importance of sustainable development.
Remember to follow these habits every day and not just today. Mother Earth needs us!