Earth Day 2020 goes digital in the coronavirus pandemic
By: Siya Bhatia
2020 will be remembered for the coronavirus pandemic but there is something else too worth remembering, ‘The 50th Earth day’
The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, with the goal of raising awareness about mankind’s role in protecting our natural world. On this date, 20 million Americans ventured outdoors and protested in favor of a more eco-conscious society.
Various events are held annually on Earth Day across the globe to show support for protecting the environment but this year, Earth Day will be celebrated virtually, given the global pandemic we are facing.
Climate Action Online
The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge but also the vast opportunities of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.
Climate Change is the defining issue of our time and we are at a defining moment. From shifting weather patterns that threaten food production to rising sea levels that increase the risk of catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change are global in scope and unprecedented in scale.
Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.
50 steps for climate action
This 22nd April on Earth Day, Let Me Breathe is partnering with Earth Day Network to curate a manifesto of 50 steps for climate action and the highlights of environmental movements of the past 50 years. This initiative is supported by Twitter India.
Even though we are in the middle of a lockdown, we relook at our lifestyle and develop sustainable habits for the betterment of the planet by doing simple steps at home. Not big promises, but small actionable steps that anyone can take.
Celebrate Earth Day by appreciating and respecting the natural world!