Celebrating Earth Day 2020
World Earth Day is being celebrated on the 22nd of April every year, for the last 50 years. Yes, you heard it right, it’s the 50th anniversary of this special event. As part of the Earth Day celebrations, every year, multiple campaigns and conferences are organized all across the world to celebrate what the blue-green planet offers us. These platforms are used to raise awareness about the hazards that our environment faces today.
But unlike every year, this years’ celebration will be a bit diluted. This is because all outdoor activities are restricted because of the pandemic spread due to the COVID-19 virus. Nonetheless, the COVID-19 pandemic has taught the world to get mobilized digitally and therefore, such mass-scale globalization will be used to celebrate Earth Day 2020.
Earth Day 50th Anniversary Celebration
Moreover, this year the Earth Day will mark its 50th golden anniversary, which makes it extra special. The government has taken many initiatives and made several policy changes in order to protect the environment. Earth Day played a major role in impacting these decisions over the last 50 years. Ideas such as water quality improvement to protection of endangered species, all came from this platform itself.
How It All Started
The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970. The idea of a celebrating such an occasion was put forward by Gaylord Nelson, a Senator from Wisconsin. He contacted people from all over the USA. People who either have significant work in the field of environmental sciences or the politically renowned ones. Presence of these personalities along with the contribution of people from Universities, Residential localities, etc. added to the success of the first Earth Day.
Evolution Of The Earth Day
With each passing year, the concept and significance of Earth Day have kept growing. Individual groups that had been fighting against various environmental issues were united. Factory waste, oil spills, pollution, raw sewage, toxic dumps, overuse of pesticides, extensive deforestation, and the extinction of wildlife.
In 1990, more than 200 million people from 141 countries of the world were said to have participated in the rallies and campaigns that were held for the Earth Day celebrations. Later on, the Earth Day rallies started becoming platforms from where the awareness about harmful environmental activities was made. Agendas were set which compelled discussions at world forums afterward.
Significance Of This Day
Today, Earth Day has become a routine activity. But still, the importance that Earth Day holds is immense. One cannot label it as a regular campaign where donations and policy changes are the prime focus. This event has helped spread the message that every individual can make a change around them. These changes could be small and within individual capacities. But they do make a huge impact in the long run, like the ‘Butterfly Effect’.
Earth Day Amidst Lockdown
Earth Day 2020 will not be the same. The COVID-19 pandemic that has affected the entire world has brought us under a necessary lockdown. Public gathering can be a great threat, causing the spread of this disease. These circumstances make it inevitable for everyone to switch to internet activism during Earth Day 2020. Digital mobilization is what everybody is advocating now to not let the idea of Environment care die down. On the other hand, not just environmentalists but everyone is witnessing our planet healing due to Coronavirus lockdown. which makes us want a world-wide lockdown every few years, without the damage of course.
How Can We Contribute
So, what can we do for Earth Day this time? Many organizations are organizing web-based protests for some concerning causes. Make monetary donations to a few registered NGOs. Volunteer in groups such as The Robin Hood Army to feed & teach the underprivileged. Similarly, we can attend lectures and webinars by experts. Since all of it is virtual this time, we can all participate in these online events through e-learning apps and keep the spirit of the Earth Day alive. Happy Earth Day 2020!