Earth Day is observed annually on April 22. The year 2020 is significant because it marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The day is celebrated to create awareness among people to decrease pollution and save our planet. The fight for maintaining a green and clean environment continues across the world with great urgency.
Earth Day 2020 Theme – Climate Action
The 2020 theme for Earth Day is climate action. The global climate depends on the movement of the sun, earth, oceans, rainfall, and so on, and global warming is the biggest threat to our planet. How to overcome the rising temperature is an enormous challenge to be met collectively by all nations. The destruction due to climate change becomes more and more apparent day by day like increasing rate of drought, water depletion, lack of sufficient rainfall in many places.
History of Earth Day
The first earth day was observed on April 22, 1970. On this day, 10 per cent population of the United States took to streets in several cities. They protested to save the environment demonstration also took place in universities and college campuses. Students, along with people of all walks of life, participated against the negligence of the environment on the part of the government and demanded to make a new scheme and law to save our planet. This movement in the US led to the creation of Earth Day, which is today celebrated across the world and is now recognised as one of the most significant events on the planet.
Result of first Earth Day
The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 to raise awareness as well as launch a wave of action. Governments of different countries started taking action to save nature. The clean air and water, and the safety of endangered species act were made in the wake of first Earth Day in 1970. Many countries came forward to pledge actions against pollution and urged the authorities to make the atmosphere clean. Stress on the green environment has come into vogue. Many laws were made regarding the environment. Hunting and cutting of forests were banned in many countries after that.
It means the nature of our climate has changed a lot in recent times. Currently, in the wake of COVID-19, a clean environment is essential to containing this deadly virus. Experts are stressing on cleanliness and hygienic condition to prevent the novel coronavirus. Therefore, climate change represents an enormous challenge for the world. It gives a lesson that we should not overuse the natural resources or damage the natural habitat of wildlife. The safety of our endangered species is essential from their extinction; otherwise, we should be ready to face the devastating consequences of nature.