JAREEAT PURNAVA

March 8, 2015

Earth Day falls on the 22nd of April, an annual event that encourages citizens to commit themselves to taking care of the world around them. This includes picking up trash, reducing the use of electricity, and turning off the tap while brushing teeth among many other things. Events are held across the world in 184 countries (according to earthday.org) to promote environmental protection. But does the existence of one day dedicated to the Earth really help? Are people truly concerned about the damage caused to the environment around us?

I believe that Earth Day really has caused an impact, but it is limited. The attempt to bring awareness has paid off, with many charities being formed and general knowledge on the subject being distributed globally. The only drawback is that with only one day dedicated to environmental awareness, some people only put effort into taking care of the environment for that one day. All the other 364 days are spent without a care for the consequences of our actions on the environment.

Earth Day must not be just an annual event. We should all be remembering the Earth every day, or every weekend, or at least once a month. And it isn’t just about picking garbage off the streets but trying, bit by bit, to integrate energy-reducing activities into our daily routines. We can’t just remember to turn off the lights when we leave a room on the 22nd of April, and then go back to leaving all of them on the next day. Consistently taking care of the planet shows a true appreciation for the earth and all it has given to us, and with what it continues to provide us.

A change will occur when everyone starts to participate. Air pollution from factories won’t go down easily, and dumping waste into rivers will not stop any time soon, unless we become conscious of the consequences.

The phrase ‘Earth Day is every day’ has been circulating for a while now, and it is right. One day isn’t enough, and in fact, it won’t even matter if all the other days are spent with no regard for the environment. Show your appreciation for the planet by remembering it every day, and taking little steps to ensure a better future for us all.