With the strong hands of Senator Gaylord Nelson, the Earth Day initiative made its mark on human life. Around 1 billion people now celebrate this special day honoring nature, ultimately making the day a significant part of human existence. With COVID 19, people suffered a lot and are still continuing to suffer. However, the disturbing situation of the planet shockingly came into notice when the entire planet got locked down in their homes.
Well, the environmental activists with their constant effort tried showing us the degrading condition, such as the melting polar caps. But humans and their decisions from no angle helped earth.
Our mother Earth sure is suffering massively with the deliberate reckless attitude of the people. But, with COVID 19 and lockdown, the prevailing silence outside the home terrified each one of us, expressing an urgent need to start taking care of the space where we are born and living.
Likewise in 1969, Gaylord Nelson also faced the emergency of doing something positive for our planet. He was impressed with the vivacious attitude, the students of his time showed while protesting for the anti-war movement. Also, he was stunned to watch a humongous oil spill in Santa Barbara.
This specifically alarmed him, which made him adopt the energizing behaviour of the students and make a move in favour of our planet earth.
Hence there came the first Earth Day in 1970 by the United States Environmental Protection Agency; that slowly opened a window and gave birth to-
- National Environment day Act
- Occupational Safety and Health Act
- Clean Air Act
- Clean water act(came into being just after 2 years from the previous)
- Endangered Species Act(came out after 1 year of the previous)
- Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act
In the year 1990, Earth Day went global and just within a decade, that is 2000 another phase of Earth Day was observed where people gathered in the National Mall of Washington DC and witnessed the first-ever Amendment Rally.
In 2010, several challenges were faced. The community faced
- The cynicism of climate change
- Well funded oil lobbyist
- Disinterested public and
- Reticent politician
However, nothing negative can stay for long. We are still celebrating earth day by cleaning the roads, cleaning the beaches, planting trees and going green. It is a large scale approach that invites everyone to participate and contribute to helping out our planet Earth.
Even Google changed the Doodle, encouraging the special day quoting “This year’s annual Earth Day Doodle highlights how everyone can plant the seed to a brighter future — one sapling at a time!”