Celebrate The World Earth Day 2020 At Home
Did you know that 22nd April is celebrated as World Earth Day? This day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson and the first Earth Day commenced on 22nd April 1970. Today about 192 countries are celebrating it. This speaks about the difference that one person can make. In 1990, Dennis Hayes organized a Global Earth Day observed by more than 200 million people in over 140 countries.
By the early 21st century, many of the Earth Day activities included raising awareness about a number of growing concerns especially about global warming and the need for clean renewable energy sources. In 2016, the Paris Climate Agreement opened signatures on Earth Day. In 2020, many planned marches and other activities for the 50th anniversary celebration were cancelled and moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Earth Day theme for 2020 is climate action. Greta Thunberg, a Swedish teen activist was the first to demand climate action at the United Nations. Earth Day Network is a global environmental NGO with a mission to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide and it works with 75,000 partners to drive positive action for our planet.
Ideas to celebrate World Earth Day at home
? Write a pledge and take action: How would you like to save the environment? Write down a commitment and make a plan of action. So if you want to put those Earth Day lessons to practice this is an easy activity for students of all ages.
? Art projects: These are fun ways to involve students in a hands-on activity. It helps students to feel connected to environmental topics, even if the issues are taking place in other cities. It?s a great way to help them visualize a world they want to live in. In honor of Earth Day, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has created downloadable posters that celebrate this remarkable planet. This is an inspiring example of spreading awareness through art.
? Plant a tree: This is a great way to teach students about the importance of trees. For example, trees produce oxygen and that's something both humans and wildlife need to survive. However, hundreds of thousands of trees are cut down yearly in order to make room for human made structures. Planting a tree together can help restore the balance of the ecosystem.
? Pick up trash: Start with your home. Clearing clutter and space at home is a great way to form a habit. This can be replicated on streets and everywhere you go.
? Make signs for your home: A little reminder goes a long way and can help to change habits. As a student you can be a change agent at home. Make signs that remind everyone to turn off the lights and fans when not in use, to use water economically, ensure there are no leakages and to use products that are bio-degradable. Saving energy begins at home.
? Make a video: A student?s voice echoes in halls yet to be built. Students can make video presentations urging others to take action. Students can make a bigger impact if they influence others to do their part to protect the environment. Putting together a video or presentation also helps them understand it before they can explain it to others.
? Recycle: Teaching students about recycling is showing them how to sustainably use products. This is an easy task that can be done at home by simply demonstrating how objects like paper, plastic, and aluminum can be recycled instead of being thrown away. Students can sort dry garbage into recyclable and non-recyclable. This has a huge impact on our environment.
? Child/teen role model: Find a child and teen environmental activist and be inspired by the impact they have on large organizations. Learning about the work these young people are doing can give you new ideas on how to protect the environment. It can open the door of possibilities to finding solutions to problems they can help solve.
? Encourage use of cloth bags: Cloth bags can even be made from old clothes. They are durable and eco-friendly. Using cloth bags demonstrates environmental friendly habits.
? Join the global movement: Earthrise movement uses the power of the internet to mobilize and connect millions in a collective call for transformative action for our planet. On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the digital landscape with global conversations, calls to action, performances, video teach-ins and more will be made available to one and all.
? Spread Earth Day Awareness: Research information to spread awareness of the World Earth Day. Make quizzes and share it within your school groups and on your social media pages. Take the help of your older siblings or parents for access to online portals, if required. Go viral with it.
Some quiz ideas are:
? Protect your species quiz
? How much do you know about earth?
? Carbon footprint trivia
? Famous environmentalists quiz
? NASA quiz
Some World Earth Facts to expand your general knowledge are:
? A massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California inspired Senator Nelson to organize a national ?teach-in? day to educate public about environmental issues.
? The reason Nelson chose 22nd April is because he wanted the participation of college students. This day was perfect as most colleges closed for spring break but was well before the finals.
? On Earth Day in 2012, more than 100,000 people rode bikes in China to raise awareness about climate change. Biking showed how people can reduce carbon dioxide emissions and save fuel burned by cars.
? In 2013, Indian poet and diplomat Abhay Kumar wrote a piece called the "Earth Anthem" to honor the planet and all of its inhabitants. It has since been translated in all of the official UN languages, including English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Hindi, Nepali, and Chinese.