We were born to help the World, not to destroy it, then why we are destroying the Environment?
More than one billion people participate in Earth Day campaigns every year and it is the largest civic event in the world, celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all nationalities, faiths and backgrounds. Earth Day is the day we celebrate our beautiful planet and pledge to protect it. Our amazing planet is constantly being ravaged by human activities and we seem to have forgotten that this is our home.
We must come together and make a pledge to save this planet; there are some important initiatives which must be followed to safeguard our planet are described below.
This has become a commonly used phrase to indicate a consciousness of carbon consumption and the impacts of carbon usage on the climate change crisis. Carbon is a common denominator for measuring resource potential and energy consumption. Carbon is found in anything organic, including foods and petroleum-based energy sources. Many industrial processes give off carbon emissions (greenhouse gases- CO2) that can damage the atmosphere’s stability or become toxic at high levels. When the carbon costs of operation are greater than the carbon gains in products, this is not sustainable, neither economically or environmentally. Innovative ideas are need of the hour to achieve the sustainable resources of the planet.
The business and commercial sector’s response to the need to reduce consumption of natural resources and operate with a lower-impact footprint (in business terms: lower overhead and operating costs). Direct economic and environmental benefits, can result from paying attention to energy efficiency, sustainable use of local products and renewable resources, water quality conservation, recycling, etc.
Buying locally made products and locally grown food supports a low-impact ‘footprint’ by reducing the energy costs of product transportation/shipping. Some supporters of this movement assert that there are health benefits to eating food grown in the same climate in which you live.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Using renewable sources of energy, such as solar or wind power or bio fuels, lessens our impact on non-renewable energy sources like fossil fuels. Energy efficiency extends the amount of time we may actually still be able to use non-renewable energy. Use of bicycle for a shorter distance could save a big amount of fuel as well as reduces the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Composting and Recycling
Re-using both organic and non-organic solid waste is an effective strategy at lessening the impact/footprint on natural resources.
Recycling Waste water
Treated waste water that is reclaimed and reused for irrigation is helping to reduce the footprint of our water consumption, in addition to protecting local streams and wetlands.
This is a key method in the field of construction to reduce the impact a building has on the local environment. Green roofs can reduce storm water run-off from the building and act as highly effective insulation that reduces heating/cooling costs inside the building. Rain gardens can also reduce storm water runoff, serve as a source of recycled water for irrigation, and integrate water management with the surrounding landscape. Sustainably-grown wood and reclaimed construction materials are also part of a carbon/energy use reduction.
Leave No Trace
This is a nationally and internationally branded wilderness ethic that describes how to camp and hike in our forests and other wild areas with minimal to no impact on these ecosystems. “Wild areas” are by definition those areas that have had minimal human influence/impact in comparison to urban environments. Keeping our wilderness areas “wild” will protect wildlife diversity, protect the supply of the natural resources we depend on in urban environments, and continue to offer rich recreational opportunities. Paperless world may save the trees and increase the density of forests around the world.
The Earth Day aims to raise awareness that we have a collective responsibility to promote harmony with nature and to balance the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations. People around the world today celebrate the Earth Day to pay tribute to the environment and promote ways to protect our home planet. Over the centuries we have mercilessly utilized and depleted the Earth’s resources and thus as a result we have to face Earth’s wrath. The Earth Day is a wakeup call to enforce some actions and bring about a change for better future of generations to come.
Let’s save our mother Earth
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