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Earth Day: What do we celebrate?

Updated: Apr 6, 2020

Amidst this COVID-19 situation, we’ve been sharing love to our family, friends and heroes on all fronts. Entering April, we want everyone to also share their love to the Earth!

Although Earth Day is on April 22, we also think that the Earth deserves to have this whole month for itself. To begin with, what exactly is Earth Day? In brief, it is the day in which the movement of caring for the environment and being conscious of how we are affecting the state of our planet is celebrated! It is both a celebration and a call-to-action to every individual around the globe, and by giving this movement a channel and a voice, this makes the environmental concerns at the top of everyone’s to-do-list.

Earth Day began as a minimally organized teach-in.Photograph by AP

After a massive oil spill in California in 1969, Senator Gaylord Nelson decided to advocate for the idea of a national day to focus on the environment, hoping to introduce more environmental protection into the national political agenda. This day spread from scattered groups in the US to becoming a global mobilization effort for the environment. As we witness increasingly devastating effects of climate change, people around the planet have been demanding more ways to protect the environment and encouraging others to join.

There are various things that we can do to be part of the Earth Day movement. To join in, there is no need for extravagant or fancy activities, in fact many of the actions we suggest are quite small. Yet, all these small actions together can make a huge impact for this month.

Save money, save Earth

If your office is close by, don’t drive to work, try cycling, walking or light jogging. Alternatively, if the office is a bit farther away you can take public transportation or carpool with your colleagues living nearby. Either way you are saving on money and reducing CO2 emissions to the environment around you.