Every year on the 22nd of April, people step out on the streets to celebrate Earth Day. The day is filled with ideas, determination, hopes, and promises that they would try to protect the planet from the various issues that it faces like deforestation and pollution. People take part in rallies, conferences, service groups, and outdoor practices such as picking up litter from the street with that one aim – to bring a change; to make the planet a better and healthier place.
Since 1970, when the first Earth Day was observed giving birth to a broad new movement to protect the planet, there certainly has been an improvement. People have become aware of what harms the Earth. They know how the burning of fossil fuels affects the environment and are looking towards renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar energy; there are now laws for clean air and water, endangered species, and there is awareness about climate change among the people. However, there are still many hurdles to cross to achieve our goal.
Now the question that arises – why do we celebrate this day just once a year? Why are we only focused and mindful of our actions towards the planet one day, and from the next day we go back to our old activities? We need a change in our lifestyle. We need to incorporate certain practices that promote sustainable living and make it a part of our day-to-day lives.
There are various things we can adopt that can bring a radical change in our lifestyle – not only improving our living standards but also being environmentally friendly. Saving electricity whenever possible, going car-free, planting trees, going paperless, and using reusable cups and bags, are some of the things that can be easily practised. These are very small actions but promise big results in the long run. It would enable us to secure a green and prosperous version of the Earth we envision for our future generations.
This year’s theme
This year’s theme is “Invest in our Planet”, thereby working together and taking action on the environmental issues that we are facing. The idea is to bring a change; to protect our Earth, our livelihoods, our families, and our health; to lead us all into a green and prosperous future.
We need to act (boldly), innovate (broadly), and implement (equitably). It’s going to take all of us. All in. Businesses, governments, and citizens — everyone accounted for, and everyone accountable. A partnership for the planet– www.earthday.org.
We are aware of all things wrong with our planet, now it is high time for us to adopt practices that correct those wrongs. Instead of making promises, let us start working towards our aim. We need to bring the desired changes if we want to improve the existing conditions of our environment. Switching to e-receipts is one such solution. Not only it is good for the planet saving trees and water and reducing carbon dioxide emissions, but it also makes our life way easier. Let us not just keep one day a year to support our planet, but rather work for it every day.