Development of human civilization is deeply connected to the natural resources which provided food, water, and all supplies they needed for healthy life. The growth of population leads to excessive exploitation of natural resources which become the most important issue as humans become the main reason for environment pollution. Awareness of damage to the Earth we did start to awake when we realize that balance in nature must be restored due to maintaining a healthy life.
The inspiration for Earth Day foundation came from the catastrophic accident that occurred in 1969. Damage by a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, inspired Senator Gaylord Nelson to organize a national public education about the environment. April 22 become official Earth Day date, and its first celebration was in 1970 in the United States, organized by the Earth Day Network. Over the years, Earth Day continued to grow, and its mission spread worldwide. In 1990 Earth Day become the global event which included over 140 countries. This year we are celebrating the 46th year of a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion and motivate people to action.
The movement gave voice to emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues. The mission was, and still is, to build a healthy, sustainable environment, promote ecology and respect for life on the planet as well as to encourage awareness of the growing problems of air, water, and soil pollution. Earth Day reminds people to think about humanity’s values, the threats the planet faces and ways to help protect the environment.
Earth Day is usually celebrated with outdoor performances, where individuals or groups perform acts of service to Earth. Typical ways include planting, picking up trash, conducting various programs for recycling and conservation, using recyclable products such biodegradable lunch containers, bags etc. This year the goal is to plant more than 7 billion trees which should be finished till 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
There are many ways to make a positive impact on yourself and our Earth. Take a walk in nature and simply appreciate it, plant a tree or a flower, pick up discarded bottle and recycle it even if it isn’t yours.
Let’s protect the Earth for future generations. If you didn’t start already, start now and never stop.