Earth Day is observed on April 22 every year to support environmental protection. It began in the US in 1970 as a protest against the negative impacts of industrial development on the environment.
The event had a great impact and resulted in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and strong environmental laws in the US as the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. Earth Day is a global event and today it is celebrated in more than 193 countries.
On this day, people march with signs and petitions demanding lawmakers to pass policies that can save the environment.
Earth Day Theme
The theme for Earth Day 2019 is to ‘Protect Our Species.’ This year’s theme is created to focus on the destruction caused to plants and wildlife populations mainly due to human activity. Some of the main reasons include climate change, deforestation, poaching and pollution. Earth Day Network (EDN), a nonprofit which runs World Earth Day, are encouraging their supporters to raise awareness on the issue.
Earth Day Significance
Earth Day Network a non-profit organisation urges individual actions like adopting a plant and stopping the use of pesticides. The day has been observed every year since 1970.
This year they are focusing on species that are losing their habitat. According to the group, we are losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the normal rate. EDN says, “Many species will disappear before we learn about them or the benefits they bring to our ecosystems and our planet. The loss is so great that the welfare and future of the human species are threatened.”
EDN is trying to raise awareness about the problem our nature is facing and the need to understand its urgency.
Students, office goers, activists and even children participate in Earth Day events across countries. Thousands of students from colleges, universities and other educational institutions actively take part in the protest. Tree plantation activities are also encouraged to spread awareness and to indulge in an eco-friendly deed.