What is Earth Day?
April 22 marks the 51st Anniversary of Earth Day. But, what even is it? First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is a global, annual event that puts environmental concerns on the front page and provides a voice to the environmental consciousness. Today, more than a billion people in over 190 countries participate in Earth Day activities each year, using it as a day of action to encourage a change in human behaviour and create global, national and local policy changes. It is now one of the largest environmental movements in the world.
For obvious reasons, a global pandemic and numerous lockdowns, this year’s Earth Day will mostly be digital. Across the internet, you will be able to find an abundance of online articles, discussions, videos and other educational content for a variety of environmental topics.
From April 20-22, you can join world leaders for Earth Day 2021’s Three Days of Climate Action to help prevent further destruction to our environment and to take care of the planet. You can learn more through EARTHDAY.ORG or you can visit the Earth Day Canada Events page to find a list of activities in your area.
The Pandemic and Our Future
The pandemic has shown us briefly the Earth does have the ability to heal itself. During the first half of 2020, we saw lockdowns worldwide cause a fall in global emissions due to movement restrictions and slowdown of social and economic activities. In addition, in some parts of the world, such as Venice, there was a reduction in noise and water pollution and with less pressure on tourist destinations there was a chance for ecological systems to restore. However, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report 2021, “…evidence from the 2008-2009 financial crisis warns that emissions could bounce back… A shift towards greener economies cannot be delayed until the shocks of the pandemic subside.”
Climate change continues to be a major long-term risk and a failure to act is catastrophic.
As a diver, individual, consumer, voter and a member of a community, you have the power and influence to make transformational changes that our world needs. Now is the time for bold, creative and innovative solutions. When your voice and actions are united with thousands or millions of others that share our planet, we create a movement that is impossible to ignore.
Earth day is everyday. If you agree, find 51 actions and tips you can use to make a difference through EARTHDAY.ORG.
“It seems to me that an understanding of the natural world is crucial for all of us – after all we depend upon it for our food, for the air we breathe and, some would say, for our very sanity.”