Earth Day Celebration
- Earth Day is celebrated throughout
the world on April 22 each year to
demonstrate support for environmental protection.
- It was
first celebrated in 1970 by the United States Senator Gaylord
- Many communities around the world celebrate Earth
Week- An entire week of activities that focus on environmental issues that
affect the planet.
- Earth Day 2016 marks the 46th
year of the movement that continues to motivate, inspire and ignite passion
among people throughout the world.
commemorated as the World Earth Day to highlight the importance of
environmental diversity and the need to protect the Earth for future
generations. The theme for this year is Earth Day 2016: Trees for the Earth!
It is celebrated by conducting
festivals, rallies and outdoor events held in about 200 nations throughout the
world, where political leaders and celebrities take part. The day has its own
flag created by the US Peace Activist, John McConnell that showcases a picture
of the planet on it. It also has anthems composed of lyrics about protecting
the world. One of them has been
performed to Beethoven's tune of Ode to Joy.
‘The 50th year of Earth Day will be observed in another five years. So, let’s start now to plant 7.8 billion trees to make the earth a cleaner, healthier and a more sustainable planet for all!’
It is now coordinated on a global level by the Non-profit
Organization "Earth Day Network" which calls itself as 'The largest secular
holiday in the world'!
Earth Day Network (EDN):
aims to diversify and broaden the environmental movement throughout the world
and mobilize it as the most effective means to develop a healthy, sustainable
environment that addresses climate change
and protects the planet for future generations. The network has
grown to be the world's largest recruiter of the environmental movement with
more than 50000 working partners working from 196 different countries. They aim
to build an environmental democracy by working through a combination of public
policy, education and consumer campaigns.
This year, on Earth day, the
landmark Paris Agreement has been scheduled to be signed by 120 countries
throughout the world including the United States and China. The signing of the
agreement satisfies an important requirement for the entry into force of the
historical draft Climate Protection Treaty adopted by the consensus of the 195
countries that took part in the United Nations Climate Change Conference in
Paris last year.
What is the Paris Agreement?
It is an agreement that lies
within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
Change (UNFCCC). It deals with mitigation of greenhouse gases emissions,
adaptation & finance of the year 2020. France's Foreign Minister Laurent
Fabius, the Head of the Paris Conference has announced that it is an ambitious
and balanced plan that will be a historic turning point with the aim to reduce
. It will be open for signing until
one year from now, and is scheduled to come into force in the year 2020.
Aim of This Convention
- To hold the rise in global average
temperature to less than 20 C higher than pre-industrial
- To take efforts to limit the temperature rise to
1.50C higher than pre-industrial levels (These might significantly
lower the impacts and risks of climate change).
- To increase
the ability to adapt to the climate change's adverse impacts.
- To foster climate resilience and development of reduced
greenhouse gas emissions such a way that it does not threaten food
- To make consistent finance flows towards
reduced greenhouse gas emissions at the earliest.
The process of signing the
agreement requires formal approval by a minimum of 55 nations representing 55%
of emissions of greenhouse gases caused by human beings.
Theme of the Earth Day 2016: Trees for the Earth
Currently, the planet is losing
more than 15 billion trees every year due to deforestation
, bad forest management and land
development. The Earth day network has announced "Trees for the Earth" as a
plan to plant 7.8 billion trees by 2020's Earth Day. This is approximately one
tree per person living on the planet!
This mission will focus on
regions of the planet that are most affected by deforestation. For achieving
this goal, all the people should work with partners from every level of the
society to integrate trees into all of our existing campaigns, collaborating
with national & sub-national governments, leaders, civilians and businesses
throughout the world.
Goals for the Mission
Importance of Trees
- To fight climate change &
- To support communities and their local
- To protect biodiversity
inspire millions of people to join us in environmental citizenship
Trees help combat climate change
as they absorb harmful and excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. They
absorb pollutant gases like ammonia, sulphur dioxide, ozone and nitrogen oxides
and filter the air by trapping them on their bark and leaves. Thus, they help
us breathe pure air. They help the communities achieve their economic
sustainability by providing food, energy and income.
This earth day, let us get
together to join the movement that channels human energy towards environmental
issues. We are entering the 46th
year and today, it is more than
just a single day's event. It is taking a stand!
Here is how you can celebrate the
Earth Day and become an environmental steward!
- Take a pledge at school or work and
attend an Earth Day Fair - Work together to boost
- Plant trees- The planet needs 7.8 billion
- Divest from fossil fuels. Find a carpool service- It
is the best way to combat climate change.
- Go paperless-
Stop using papers by switching on to electronic mode. This might help prevent cutting down trees for it.
- Make cities 100% renewable by creating a recycling plan
and Work as a team - Gather as a group to clean up your locality.
the momentum from the Paris Climate Summit and start building on it.
We are currently experiencing a
critical moment in the fight to defend the planet's health and we need to do it
before it is too late!