22nd April marks the day we celebrate the lovely planet that we have inhabited since we evolved, The Mother Earth.
Earth Day began in 1970 when more than 10,000 events engaged 20 million people across America one of the largest demonstrations in human history to take part in the first Earth Day events. Ever since, Earth Day has continued as an annual call to action from classrooms to board rooms.
The Earth is nearly 4.54 billion years old. Going through ages of evolution, it is now home to humans who have inhabited the planet for less than 0.0001% of the its history.
Though having been around for such an insignificant amount of time, it is our species that has made the Earth weep more than anyone else.
By the time you finish reading this post, a significant amount of the Earth will be lost! Every minute, forest the size of 20 football fields is cut down and about 50-100 species of animals are being lost each day because of that deforestation.
In the last 100 years, human activity has caused between 50 and 1000 times more extinctions than would’ve happened due to natural processes. Maybe the Mammoth, the Sabre Tooth Tiger might have been roaming the earth if not for humans.
Another devastating effect for example is that of the Caledonian forest. The Caledonian forest used to cover the whole of the British Isles before humans evolved. Now what remains of it is nothing more than the size of a super-market.
If it wasn’t for us, we would probably be seeing the arm of the Milky Way every night!
Wonder what it is? Have a look at the image below:
Breath taking, isn’t it? Believe it or not but we would have this view every night if it were not for the light & air pollution that’s been created by us.
So what exactly can be done? There’s no magic wand to repair the damage in a flash. It would require generations of preservation. Let’s not forget, the earth doesn’t belong to us humans alone.
We have wiped out a hugely significant amount of species from the planet and what remains are mostly endangered. Their habitats have been wiped out, the others get killed for trophies or just for the thrill of it.
Let us all follow the example Jadav Payeng, who started planting trees on a barren Indian sandbar when he was 16 years old. Today he lives in the 1300 acres of forest he planted which is also home to rhinos, tigers, deer, apes and elephants.
Instead of spending millions on firecrackers and adding to the planet’s woes, let’s plant a tree on every occasion, every festival and add to restoring of mother nature instead.
For every time that you feel you are stuck in traffic, take a moment to look around and realise that you aren’t stuck in traffic, YOU ARE THE TRAFFIC!
More than half of the cars stuck in a traffic jam would be carrying just one person. 40 such cars would be equal to a public transport bus. Keeping that piece of statistic in mind, if that conversion does happen, imagine the amount of pollution that will be reduced!
Worth a thought, isn’t it?
Many might argue that our Mother Earth has been damaged beyond repair. But that’s the same planet that gives us the hope that nothing is impossible. So let’s pledge together to do all in our power to bring back the lush green planet that it used to be.
Let us begin with what is needed. Battling the ever increasing temperatures this summer, doesn’t it ever cross your mind that more trees would mean lesser temperatures? It definitely does.
So let’s start by doing our bit to make the future better for the coming generations.
Let’s begin by planting a tree.
Plant a tree and share your photos with us on the Facebook page of LockYourStay and we’ll share it with our followers.
Happy Earth Day!