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Posted On: 21 April 2016 10:21 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:16 pm

Earth day: It’s time to think about the planet we live on

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The Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 193 countries each year. In 1970, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues.

We are now entering the 46th year of a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action. However, considering the present situation, Earth Day is more than just a single day — it’s bigger than attending a rally and taking a stand.

Festivals, rallies and outdoor events are held in nearly 200 countries - often, with the support of A-list celebrities and political leaders. Earth Day aims to encourage people across the world to be more environmentally friendly. This might mean increasing the amount they recycle, volunteering for a local green project or installing solar panels at their home.

On April 22,2016 at least 130 countries are set to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change. The historic agreement, which was adopted by consensus in the French capital in December, will be deposited at the United Nations in New York in a bid to get other countries to sign up to it. It will be open for signature for one year from Earth Day.

According to the European Commission, the agreement ‘sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2C’. It is scheduled to come into force in 2020.

If you want to do your share in saving our planet, then start from your own home. These are the little things that you can do everyday and make a big difference.

-Grow your own food (or buy locally-grown produce)
-Go paperless
-Plant a tree
-Stop drinking bottled water
-Start carpooling (or take up cycling)
-Invest in a solar-powered phone charger

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