The world today is celebrating 50th Earth’s Day. “The theme for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day is climate action, and it could have not been more timely. Right now, as the world struggles to cope with the coronavirus pandemic and to balance economic concerns with health concerns lockdown, it is also seeing the incidental positives of a lockdown”, Timikumla Longkumer writes for The Print.
After millions of people took to street to protest against smog and polluted rivers in 1970. Peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco. This day of nature’s equipoise was later sanctioned in a proclamation written by McConnell and signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations. A month later a United States Senator Gaylord Nelson proposed the idea to hold a nationwide environmental teach-in on April 22, 1970. He hired a young activist, Denis Hayes, to be the National Coordinator. Nelson and Hayes renamed the event “Earth Day.”
This particular day, has become a tradition, which awakes human race towards nature and environment. It is celebrated in more than 193 nations.
This year, Earth Day is being celebrated largely on digital platforms emitting, positivity among the pandemic. People are showing concern to conserve Earth and provoking others to do the same.
Google is marking Earth Day with an amazingly created doodle which strongly depicts that even the smallest most critical organism care about the Earth. Google teamed up with The Honeybee Conservancy, organisation dedicated to protect bees; shared a video stating “Our Winged Friends.”
The interactive doodle art unlatch the interesting facts about bees, which shows the viewers importance of bees for this planet. It’s unlocking an impact of pollination on the plants as well as over the ecosystem through a single bee.
Guillermo Fernandez, organisation’s executive director said:” on large scale, the world’s survival depends on theirs.”
In the middle of this crisis, attention towards the climate remained same with more seriousness and responsibility. UN environment programme says, that COVID-19 has now prompted a damatic shift to completely virtual worlds : ‘Earth Day 2020 calls for 24 hours of actions, big and small, for people and the planet. On this 50th anniversary, civil society organizers hope to fill the world’s digital landscape with global conversations, positive acts, performances, webinars and events supporting urgent action on climate change.’ UN environment programme website said.
As this year Earth Day is marking it’s half century anniversary, shift towards modern environmentalism cannot hide the significance of organic environmental progress.
‘Small or big, human or organism; everyone could share their part to heal and build a better world.’