Time to Embrace Earth!
April 22nd is the annual celebration of the Modern Environmental Movement in 1970. It is known as Earth Day, or International Mother Earth Day.
ORIGINS OF EARTH DAY
On 22 April 1970, 20 million people gathered in the streets of the United States to protest against environmental destruction. This protest was sparked by the Santa Barbara oil spill and its devastating impacts on the environment. In December of the same year, Congress created the Environmental Protection Agency, which was dedicated to clean up the nation’s natural resources. Rising awareness of climate change and the need for a clean environment grew amongst many American voters.
“It took this basket of issues that we now call “the environment” and elevated them spectacularly in the public consciousness.”
~ Denis Hayes, organiser of the first Earth Day
WHY IS EARTH DAY IMPORTANT?
On a broader scale, Earth Day teaches the importance of conserving and protecting the environment. As society progresses into a more technocratic one, we have to remember the importance of protecting the Earth for future generations.
The rapid development of society has only caused air pollution, global warming and deforestation to worsen, causing the temperature of the Earth to rise and multiple animal species to go extinct.
Here are some reasons why having an environmentally conscious society is important:
WHAT CAN WE DO TO LEAD AN ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS LIFE ?
Being environmentally conscious for one day is a step in the right direction. However, small changes in our lifestyle can reduce our carbon footprint, making Earth Day everyday!
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!
Questions to Consider:
1. What other reasons can you think of to save the Earth?
2. What other changes can you make to your lifestyle to make the world a better place?
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