Earth is home to more than 8.7 million species that have evolved on the planet, making it is a vibrant place. But it also has a grave danger from environmental degradation due to air, water, and other pollutions.
In the light of these detriments to our beloved planet, environment-conscious American individuals founded the concept of Earth Day (April 22) in 1970. Their aim was to create awareness of problems plaguing our planet.
This idea spread globally in the later years. Now, around 1 billion people across 192 countries participate every year in Earth Day activities, making it one of the largest civic observances in the world.
Reduce, reuse, and refuse are the three mantras that each everyone should follow on this Earth Day. It is up to us to restore the Earth not just because we care about nature and the natural world, but also because we live on it. We all need a healthy planet to support our livelihoods, health, and happiness; it is not an option but a necessity.
Earth Day is just one branch in the ecosystem of environmental movements, many of which are louder, more political, and youth-driven. Below-mentioned are some ways in which you can celebrate Earth Day without leaving your house:
- Switch the energy that you use.
- Eat more plant-based food, as it is one of the easiest ways to have a positive impact on the environment.
- Divest your money not only in savings but also utilise it for the betterment of mother earth.
- Support the ecocide law, as it will punish the people who are knowingly destroying the nature and environment around us.
What Small Changes You Can Do to Save Mother Earth
Let us look at some more significant practices we can adopt to make a difference to the planet.
Stop using plastic.
Various environmental reports state the harm caused due to plastic on the soil, marine life, human life, and environment. With the rising use of microplastic, there is an increase in plastic ingestion among marine life and human beings, and hence the situation is alarming.
Switch to carpooling.
The pollution caused due to automobiles is one of the leading causes of an increase in the Earth’s carbon footprint. The rising number of cars is a major source of harmful greenhouse gases.
Thus, using carpools and public transportation services would automatically limit the number of automobiles on the road and help in reducing air pollution.
Make behavioral changes.
The government is taking measures to reduce the use of plastic. Still, the steps taken is not enough. There is a need to educate people regarding the harmful effects of plastics, as it affects the environment and the health of individuals.
Prefer the use of biodegradable products.
Plastic takes years to decompose. In contrast, biodegradable products can decompose within months of disposal. They are fully compostable. We can substitute plastic bags and covers with ones made from paper and cloth.
Plant more trees.
There are innumerable benefits of planting trees, such as lowering the air temperature and absorbing carbon dioxide. Additionally, trees also help to save energy.
Thus, if we incorporate the changes mentioned above in our routine, we will achieve the goal set by Earth Day.
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