Earth Day 2016: What It's About And How To Show Support

Every year on April 22 the world comes together to celebrate Earth day. A day given to promote climate awareness and implement new techniques to ensure the preservation of our world.

When Did It All Begin

At a time when the cold war brought with it air pollution and abuse of the environment, hardly anyone bothered about the legal consequences of environmental degradation. A book written by Rachel Carson set the stage for public awareness on the environment.

In 1970, Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, who was a U.S Senator sought to include environmental awareness to the constitution. He got inspired by the student anti-war protests, creating a team of about 85 people to promote events on environmental awareness across the land.

On 22nd April 1970, many took to the streets, protesting against environmental deterioration. The protests resulted creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

Earth Day Today And How To Show Support

Today, Earth day is more focused on climate change and global warming. Today leaders will officially sign the Paris Climate Agreement into act at the UN headquarters in New York. The agreement which was reached during the 2015 Paris Climate summit will see governments plant 7.8 billion trees, the termination of coal usage, cut in carbon, fossil fuels and the use of renewable energy, among others.

Earth Day 2016: What It's About And How To Show Support

You Can Show Support For Earth Day With The Following Steps

  1. Plant A Tree. Trees are important, our source of oxygen and major source of food. Planting a tree would ensure we don’t run out of those.
  2. Recycle. Reuse old plastic bags and containers.
  3. Resource Awareness. Be aware of what you are consuming, being careful not to indirectly support the use of fossil fuel based products.
  4. Educate others. A lot of people are ignorant on the dangers of climate change. In forming them would be one step to ensuring environmental protection.
  5. Donate. If you can provide financial assistance to the Earth Day organisation, then by all means do.