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Celebrate Earth Day… Your Way !

Note : This story was published in ‘The Scribes World’, a Press Club of India publication in April 2022.

Celebrate Earth Day… Your way ! 

We admire to become a multi planetary civilisation. Becoming a multi planetary species could protect the future of human race and help humanity reach its full potential. Human habitation across multiple planets will create new hubs of innovation and experimentation leading to advances in science, technology and commerce. But, our planet’s status update indicates that humans becoming a multiplanetary species seems to be a distant dream. So, if we have to live, breathe and survive, we need our mother planet Earth. At the same time, we need to fix essential things with futuristic insight. Dreaming big needs future proof plans, with the approach of one step at a time. 

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. 
Plant more tress. 
End plastic pollution. 
Stop food wastage. 
Conserve water and water bodies. 
Cycle more, Drive less. 
Use LED lights. 
And many many more… All this sound so familiar. These can be a few Earth Day resolutions for you. 

Just like New Year resolutions, this year we need to make some Earth Day resolutions. Decide what we will do to protect our planet earth from the climate change side effects like hot weather, short winters, scanty rainfall, pollution, depletion of ozone layer and increase in carbon footprints. This is because we need to concentrate our efforts to ‘Invest in Our Planet. This is the official theme for Earth Day 2022. 

It is an annual reminder to our duties and responsibilities towards our Planet. We get notifications of ‘Earth Day’ from all over the world. This is to aware us of the current situation and alarm us for our future. Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of modern environmental movement in 1970. Celebrating its 52nd anniversary, Earth Day started with the focus on America, but soon turned its head 360 degrees to cater environmental issues all over the world. It has been doing its duties but somewhere or the other we have stopped listening to the voices of our surroundings as well as our heart. So, this year, earth day comes with a personalised plan of asking every individual to invest in the planet. 

It features 5 primary programs : 
The Great Global Cleanup, 
Sustainable Fashion, 
Climate and Environmental Literacy, 
Canopy Project, 
Food and Environment, and 
Global Earth Challenge. 

The Great Global Cleanup is a worldwide campaign to remove billions of pieces of trash from neighbourhoods, beaches, rivers, lakes, trails, and parks, reducing waste and plastic pollution, improving habitats, and preventing harm to wildlife and humans. The fashion industry is responsible for over 8% of total greenhouse gas emissions. Sustainable Fashion refers to a clothing supply chain that is ecologically and socially responsible. Now is the opportunity to shift the industry and consumers away from the fast fashion model and toward sustainable practices in sourcing, production, distribution, marketing, and consumption. The Canopy Project improves our shared environment by planting trees across the globe. Home to about 80% of the world’s biodiversity, forests are collectively the second biggest storehouse of carbon after oceans, absorbing significant amounts of greenhouse gasses. They also enhance biodiversity, while protecting waterways, enhancing soil nutrition, and providing buffers from natural disasters. Food and Environment programme helps is understand the importance of agriculture and ‘foodprints’, thus making us self sustainable in this direction to some extent. And the Global Earth Challenge aims to inspire us to take our climate actions to the next level. 

All these efforts are a form of investment in our planet. And for making any kind of investment, we must be aware of the pros and cons. Whether it’s a big group event or a solo cleanup, you can get involved anywhere and do your bit to bring the change. We all are very well aware of the drill now. It all began a few years ago with a concrete step taken in the Paris agreement in 2015. In the Paris climate agreement, world leaders agreed to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. But new UN report found that goal may be impossible. By 2040, Earth will warm by at least that much. This is not only devastating for human race but also traumatic. 

As per the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, human activities are estimated to have caused approximately 1.0°C of global warming above pre-industrial levels, with a likely range of 0.8°C to 1.2°C. Global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to increase at the current rate. Even if emissions drop to net zero in the next 30 years, the global temperature will rise at least 1.5 degrees between now and 2040. In the worst-case scenario, in which emissions double by 2050, temperatures would rise 2.4 degrees above pre-industrial levels between 2041 and 2060. Then that increase would nearly double by 2100. A new analysis in Indian context, on the impact of sea level rise on coastal Indian cities has revealed that some critical properties and road networks in Mumbai, Kochi, Mangalore, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, and Thiruvananthapuram will be submerged by 2050. The analysis by a global leader in geospatial and engineering solutions Risk Management Solutions Inc. (RMSI), has found that Haji Ali dargah, Jawahar Lal Nehru Port Trust, Western Express Highway, Bandra-Worli Sea-link and Queen’s Necklace on Marine drive, all in Mumbai , are at risk of submergence.

India Meteorological Department forecasts the seasonal temperature every year. This year the forecast says that 2022 will bring to you above normal temperature in major parts of India. Every year summers and highest temperature break and make records. So, in order to save the earth, we must understand that resources that are provided by earth are limited. However, the majority of us are unaware of this fact and we are not judiciously utilising the resources. In order to safeguard the existence of humans, we need to protect the earth and take care of it. All living beings are dependent on the earth for their survival and so we should use the gist of nature in a thoughtful way. The increase in pollution and damage caused by humans are affecting the earth so rapidly that it is threatening our survival. 

We need education and climate literacy to combat denial and face the climate crisis ​head-on. Therefore, by making small changes in our lifestyle we can make a huge difference. By restoring ecological balance, we can save the earth from getting dreadfully polluted and uninhabitable.  

Science journalist | Anchoring & Conceptualising Science Infotainment Shows for Vigyan Prasar, Doordarshan & All India Radio | Indie Writer & Filmmaker | GOI Projects | Sci-Expert @ CIET, NCERT | 16 yr Experience

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