World Earth Day 2019 - In Your Hands

Craig Bradbury
24 April 2019

"The continuation of our civilisations, and the natural world upon which we depend, is in your hands." Sir David Attenborough.

Earth Day has been celebrated annually - 22nd April, since 1970.

Internationally referred to as “Mother Earth day”, We celebrate this day to continue the growth of this worldwide phenomenon focused on promoting clean living and a healthy, sustainable habitat for people and wildlife alike. Celebrating Earth Day serves as a conscious reminder of how fragile our planet is and how important it is to protect it.

As far as we know, our Earth is the only planet in the Universe where life is possible. It is very necessary to maintain the natural assets of the earth in order to continue life on earth. In the rush of the crowd, the most intelligent creature of the God called human is slowly losing its humanity and we forgot to take care of the planet that gave us life and started using its resources very ruthlessly. The 22nd of April has been marked as Earth Day to make us aware about the importance of our planet.

One of the big examples is the depletion of the Ozone layer which prptects us from the ultra violet rays of the sun. Another big problem the environment faces is death of rivers by inflow of industrial toxic materials. Increasing industrialization leads to deforestation which ultimately leads to the rise in Earth's temperature.  Together we need to do more.   Planting trees; inhibiting the deforestation, limiting vehicle use to reduce air pollution, enhancing the energy conservation through reducing the unnecessary use of electricity. Such small steps become a big step if taken by people worldwide, together.

How To Celebrate International Mother Earth Day

“International Mother Earth Day” is celebrated to promote harmony between the planet and living beings and to acknowledge the role of earth in sustaining and supporting life. There are many activities that could be undertaken to celebrate and show your concern towards mother earth. Some of the activities to be a part of the celebrations are given below:

1) Volunteer

Various government and non-government agencies organize events on “International Mother Earth Day”. Any such event needs volunteers to work and support the campaign. You can also volunteer in such an event and contribute your bit towards saving Mother Earth.

2) Raise Awareness

As the threats to the planet are increasing, there is an urgent need to raise general awareness about environmental protection, habitat protection and minimizing the effects of climate change. There is also a need for everyone to acknowledge the role that Earth and its environment play in sustaining life. It could only be done by raising awareness and letting people admire the planet and its various elements.

3) Organize School events

The future of the planet lies in the hands of the children of today. Children should know the significance of the planet they live on and admire its resources and sustainability. They should be taught the meaning of “Mother Earth” and what it implies. Organize events in schools to make the children realize that Earth is like a mother who sustains, feeds and nurtures her children unconditionally; we just have to keep her safe in return.

4) Applaud

Honor those who have done something for the cause of environment, pollution or cleanliness etc. You can organize a small felicitation event in your community, to congratulate anyone for working on environmental issues. The work doesn’t need necessarily to be exceptional and anyone who has simply taken an initiative could also be applauded. Such appreciation will not only encourage the person, making him/her more dedicated to the cause, but also inspire others to follow suit.

5) Stay Updated

Keep yourself updated of the events around the world as well as in your own city, village or community. To motivate others and also to make them aware of the significance of the day you need to be updated yourself. You could be a source of information for them; motivating and inspiring them to admire the planet earth as mother and also to pledge for her protection.

6) Plant Trees

Trees play a vital role in the environment. Trees are essential for climate regulation, causing rains, preventing floods etc. They are also essential for providing livelihood and sustaining life. Overall trees represent the health of our planet “Mother Earth”. Planting trees is like giving medicines to an ailing Earth and is bound to make a positive effect. So, plant as many trees as you can to celebrate the day and show your appreciation as well as your concern towards mother earth.

7) Clean the Environment

Pollution is one of the most potent and immediate threats to the environment and consequently to the earth. The environment is getting damaged constantly by pollution of various kinds – air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution etc. All pollution are human induced! On the event of “International Mother Earth Day”, take up to cleaning the road or a public place in or around your community. By taking up the cause of cleaning the environment on “International Mother Earth Day” you are contributing towards improving the overall health of mother health.

8) Collect Funds

Organizing events and campaigns might require funds for mobilization of various resources and also for other causes.  The fund collected could be used for planting trees or for other environmental issues.

9) Pledge

Pledge to protect the earth and its environment, also encourage your relatives and friends to take the pledge with you. Pledge to refrain from polluting the environment and also to stop others from doing so. This way you will acknowledge the role of earth as a mother, reaffirming her essentiality in providing sustenance and livelihood.

There are various ways to celebrate Earth Day not only on April 22 but every day of the year. Keeping the environment clean, safe and enjoyable for all of its inhabitants is a full-time job that anyone can participate in. What ways are you celebrating Earth day?  Here at the “Natures Valley Trust” we’d love to hear from you in the comments below! Like and share for a chance to WIN, win the appreciation of Mother Earth.