Put on your green hat and wiggle those green fingers, because we will celebrate World Earth Day on 22 April! On Earth Day, various events and celebrations are held to support environmental protection. In 2020, the theme for Earth Day is ‘Climate Action’, as organized by the Earth Day Network. And in 2020, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!
Earth Day was first proposed by peace activist John McConnell in 1969 at UNSECO Conference in San Francisco. John McConnell proposed that a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace was to be celebrated on 21 March 1970. This proposal was sanctioned by the United Nations. A month later, United States Senator Gaylord Nelson also found the Earth Day as an environmental teach-in first held on 22 April 1970. Earth Day was originally celebrated only in the United States, but in 1990 Denis Hayes, an environmental advocate and the original national coordinator of Earth Day in 1970, took the celebration international by organizing events in 141 nations.
Earth Day is usually celebrated by various events and movements. Communities or non-profit organization will arrange clean-up or planting trees events. Walking or running charity races are also held to celebrate Earth Day. Earth Day can also be commemorated by doing simple acts. Leaving vehicles at homes and walk or ride a bicycle to reach close destinations.
However, due to the current pandemic of Covid-19, let us celebrate Earth Day in our homes, by turning off lamps and electronic devices when not used. Closing water taps when brushing teeth or washing hands. Using less paper. Changing into more energy-saving fluorescent lamp bulbs. And of course the famous 3R, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!
Always remember to implement Covid-19 prevention by social-distancing, covering your mouth and nose whenever you cough or sneeze, not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean, and washing your hands regularly with soap and water, especially after going outside or to public places!
How about you? Tell us your favorite Earth Day activity, or share your most memorable Earth Day celebration. Be sure join this year’s Earth Day and do a climate action! Have a unique idea to protect our Earth? Share it to us too!