Earth Day is celebrated as an annual event by the people all over the world on April 22. Its aims are:
• to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance,
• to promote harmony with nature,
• to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.
This year’s Earth Day marks the first anniversary of the signing of the Paris Agreement (2016) which dealt with greenhouse gases emissions mitigation. The treaty was signed by 195 countries , 143 of which have ratified it.
The first time the event was organized was in 1970, to increase awareness about the growing problems of air, water and soil pollution
The theme for 2017 is “Environmental & Climate Literacy“, to spread the concepts of climate change and its threat to our planet among students
How to get involved in the celebration?
We can show we care about the future of our planet in many ways, for example, we might
• plant a tree,
• make a meal with locally-grown vegetables,
• educate a family member,
• take part in picking up the wastes from streets, parks and other places,
• make the home for a bird on a tree
• save power, etc. — the possibilities are endless…
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”
Native American Proverb