50 years ago, Earth Day came into existence out of the need to celebrate the planet and fight its problems. Ever since that 22 April to this one, there have been countless accomplishments of Earth Day. Let us glimpse at these accomplishments to realize the green positive impact of Earth Day on this blue planet of life.
Positive accomplishments of Earth Day:
We have come a long way from where we started 50 years ago. Since then, environmental awareness and acknowledgment of the significance of sustainability have made it possible to achieve numerous landmark accomplishments of Earth Day. Some of them are:
- The Clean Air Act (1970)
- Environmental Protection Agency’s establishment (1970)
- The Clean Water Act (1972)
- The Endangered Species Act (1973)
- The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (1976)
Due to the hard and smart efforts of people involved in the making and promoting of the above-mentioned Acts, our little planet, brimming with life, is thriving again. International cooperation enabled effective control over the depleting ozone layer. In 1975, all US citizens were necessarily required to have catalytic converters. In the same year, hybrid cars and electric cars become highly popular. Communities became more and more involved in actively producing and promoting recycling efforts. This increases the interest of the common public in LED and CFL light bulbs, as they became the face of alternative energy forms. Since 1976, the US faced 65% less acid rainfall than ever before.
Earth Day – A day where environmental problems and solutions get a global platform:
Earth Day is no small day. It is no small event. Since United Nations have introduced Earth Day to the world, over 192 countries actively participate to open a stage for the discussions over various environmental problems and solutions. Be it pollution, carbon footprints, greenhouses gases’ emissions, or climate change – Earth Day becomes significant as the world comes together to celebrate the beauty of nature, mourn its loss, and seek solutions to reverse the same.
To do this, various nations hold national seminars and international conferences as well as activities on the role of biodiversity in human life. The other aim of these seminars, activities, and conferences is to come together to find a stable solution for the same. Accomplishments of Earth Day do not lie only in large-scale discussions. Back home, eco-activists team up with NGOs and governing organizations to establish a positive impact of Earth Day.
How can one create a positive impact of Earth Day?
It is important to realize that every drop counts. It does not matter whether your efforts are big or small. What counts is the fact that you contributed even in the slightest to leave a green positive impact on this planet.
For a start, remember that charity begins at home. So, take the first step towards environmental problems and solutions by talking about it with your loved ones. Initiate a discussion about how you can become more eco-conscious than before. Maybe you and your loved ones can buy only local produce, consume only eco-friendly food, introduce eco-friendly gadgets in your home, and apply the concept of reduce, reuse, and recycle in day-to-day life.
The positive impact of Earth Day lies in encouraging people to not only write and talk about the environmental problems and solutions but to also act upon them to add to the accomplishments of Earth Day.
Earth Day is now considered to be one of the largest civic observances on this planet. There is every reason that more than 1 million people participate and contribute to the environment in their own way every year. The number keeps on increasing with every passing year. This ever-increasing count is in itself very suggestive of how people globally understand the importance of a day in a year that reminds them that they are not the only living beings on this planet.
However, the positive impact of Earth Day lies in realizing that human life is entirely dependent on a fully functional planet, a stable, clean, green environment, with enough air and water resources to sustain all life. The real accomplishments of Earth Day will be achieved when we, as human beings, come together, every day of the year, and repeatedly make a commitment to discuss environmental problems and solutions – not only on paper but also in practice.