Be a Part of the International Earth Day 2019

By the time you’ve come across this blog article, you’re not new to the environmental issues that our planet faces.

If you’re reading this with a drink in your hand using a plastic straw, we encourage you to consider it to be your last use of that kind of straw; one little step that can make a huge difference in the world.

Have you ever participated or honored Earth Day?

On April 22, 1970, Earth Day was established and is coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.

You’re most probably aware how environmentalists move through social media to decrease ignorance about environmental issues like water pollution, toxins in the air we breathe and climate change.

This is one of the sensitive topics to tackle because up to this date, many people still don’t believe in the occurrence of global warming.

Some people believe that the Earth consistently evolve over time through its formation and components  by volcanic eruptions, storms that cause floods and droughts that change water and land formations, among other things.

They believed that Earth’s inhabitants simply adapt to these changes, like animal species’ migrations into a more suitable dwelling place for them if it got too intolerable from their previous one.

The inevitable changes can be drastic and even though there always seems to have a solution by migrating to another place or creating more dwelling areas for humans, we seem to keep forgetting that we only have one planet.

No matter how further we go or how technologically advance we become, we can never replace Earth; and although it’s a fact that the changes we experience is part of Earth’s evolution, it doesn’t mean that we may abuse our stay here and not think about the future generation.

As human occupants of this planet, it’s our duty to take care of it. Earth is the only home that we know, and we have to keep this in mind if our continued existence matters to us.

Let’s start with a very simple thing; the water that we drink. Sometime in the 1980s, someone predicted that the time will come when people will have to pay for clean water to drink in bottles. That time is today.

During those times, the water was potable. People drink it from the rivers and even straight from the faucet. This generation isn’t even aware of that.

Environmentalists make a huge effort to get people’s consciousness arise to take care of our surroundings and even in individual little steps, we can contribute in making a difference to save what is left of our sustaining planet.

Before we go any further, we’d like to acknowledge the International Earth Day 2019 campaign and its activities by learning more how we can participate in its advocacy.

Join the Protect our Species campaign

  • Educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.
  • Achieve major policy victories that protect broad groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats.
  • Build and activate a global movement that embraces nature and its values.
  • Encourage individual actions such as adopting plant-based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use.

Earth Day 2019 Clean-up/ The Great Global Clean-up

Earth Day Network is building Earth’s largest clean-up crew.

You can participate in community clean-ups as part of your Earth day aid. Be a volunteer in your area’s waterways and landscapes’ clean-up. Especially during this election season, when a gargantuan amount of mishandled litters of papers, plastics and balloons have been used for campaigning.

Be a part of the largest environmental volunteer event in history. Earth Day Network is:

  • Advocating for policies that reduce pollution-from global to local.
  • Reaching people everywhere to take individual actions that reduces waste.
  • Organizing massive global clean-ups for this month.

Artists for the Earth

What could be more influential to people but art? Everyone is drawn to any kind of art form.

Are you a poet? A songwriter, a painter, a playwright, an animator, a performance artist, or a dancer?

You have the power to influence people by expression and inspiration while attracting people’s attention towards your talent.

If you are a part of the numerous music festivals done during summer, this is a great opportunity to influence people to be environment-conscious by your songs, performance and spiels.

If you happen to be a painter or a sculptor, an art exhibition is a definite way of inspiring art enthusiasts to connect in the advocacy.

End plastic pollution

As you may know, plastic cause a staggering amount of damage in our environment. It causes poisoning and injury to the marine life and therefore affects human life and eco system.

What Earth Day is Doing about Plastic Pollution:

  • Supporting the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution.
  • Educating and mobilizing citizens across the globe to demand action from governments and corporations to control and diminish plastic pollution.
  • Informing and activating citizens to take personal responsibility for the plastic pollution that each of us generates by choosing to reduce, refuse, reuse, recycle and remove plastics.
  • Working with universities and schools, particularly with teachers and students, to End Plastic Pollution.
  • Working with other organizations and network to build an effective platform End Plastic Pollution by developing resources that others can use and build partnerships.
  • Promoting the work that cities and local governments are doing to tackle plastic pollution.
  • Empowering journalists across the globe to report on the problem and its emerging solutions.

Reforestation

You may not be living in a place where you can reforest a land, but you can still do something about it like, planting more trees in your neighborhood or maybe make your space greener by planting in pots.

It would also help freshen up the air in urban areas and make the wind a little cooler.

Aside from that you can make donations to the link above to support the reforestation org.

Learn about the history of Earth Day

Increase your knowledge about how the idea of Earth Day began when a U.S. senator witnessed a massive oil spill in 1969, so you can share it too.

“Today, the fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the ravage of climate change become more manifested everyday. We invite you to be a part of Earth Day and help write many more chapters – struggles and victories – into the Earth Day book.”

Many communities in the world not only celebrate Earth Day in a day but devote a whole week for it.

Somehow, the idea of making it our habit to treat each day as Earth day could possibly make the change the world needs in a faster pace.

Simple tasks like, putting your small trash, like a piece of paper or a candy wrapper, in your pockets to throw in the garbage bin later and consistently tuning up our cars to make sure it’s engine runs superbly to avoid excessive gas consumption and preventing smoke belching, can contribute in saving the planet.

If you have extra time to spare and organize an environmental consciousness movement, like planting activity or the community clean-up in your neighborhood, why not do it?

You can encourage and include the children in these activities.

After all, they are the next generation and what treasures could we leave them but a beautiful and sustaining planet?

It could be a hands-on learning activity for the kids.

Take for example: Segregation of our household trash and understanding the value of recycling and composting.

We could teach them about Earth history, how the eco-chain works for humans, plants and animals; and the importance of taking care of the environment.

We need to teach them too that we are sharing this planet with land and marine animals and how important it is to respect the nature that they live in to keep the ecological balance of Mother Earth, in harmony.

 

Make everyday, an Earth Day. Have a relevant one.

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Sources:

  1. https://www.earthday.org/campaigns/endangered-species/earthday2019/
  2. https://cleanup.earthday.org
  3. https://www.earthday.org/campaigns/greatglobalcleanup/
  4. https://www.earthday.org/campaigns/campaign-for-communities/artists-for-the-earth/
  5. https://www.earthday.org/campaigns/plastics/plastics-campaign/
  6. https://www.earthday.org/campaigns/reforestation/
  7. https://www.earthday.org/about/the-history-of-earth-day/
Kath Borja
Content Writer

Kath Borja is a fanatic of Logic, Science, Arts and Literature. An advocate of peace and feminism. Moon worshipper. Writer, performance artist and master of ceremonies.

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