As a part of #FiftyForFifty, an ongoing digital campaign launched by Let Me Breathe for the 50th anniversary of Earth day, a live session was done with Dia Mirza, who has been the voice of environmental conservation and sustainability; Monica Dogra, who’s a strong sustainable living advocate and a vegan; Karuna Singh, Regional Director South & South East Asia for Earth Day Network and Tamseel Hussain, Founder of Let Me Breathe.
From how COVID 19 will change lives to the need to collectively work for sustainability, the panel discussed the relevance of Earth Day and how small behaviour changes are first step towards climate action.
Earth Day, the annual event supporting environmental protection, is April 22. And this year, 2020, is Earth Day’s 50th anniversary. Under normal circumstances, people around the world would be honoring the Earth with Earth Day celebrations and Earth Day festivals. But instead, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced everyone to stay home.
"Segregate waste, compost, grow your own food, gift trees and support campaigns that ask for policy change" suggested Dia Mirza.
She added, “There’s a need to encourage a more sustainable approach in development, especially when we are rebuilding post the COVID crisis.”
While Monica Dogra suggested to buy local produce, reduce your shopping habits and think about trash.
“Everyone is tweeting how nature is revving itself. But, that’s how it was supposed to be! We have polluted it. I hope this will be a wakeup call”, said Ms Karuna Singh.
Tamseel Hussain said, “Climate action starts at home and it starts with changes in our own behavior. This is the best time to reflect on your habits and improve them for the planet - if not now then when? If not us then who?"