April 22nd of each year marks the holiday of Earth Day. What was solely started as a preservation environmental day in the U.S, is now a large movement around the globe. Earth day was started as a unified response to environmental crises such as oil spills, smog and pollution. On April 22, 1970, more than 20 million took to the streets in cities across the country to urge the government to take action on various environmental issues. This year will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
Air pollution has become a part of our day-to-day lives without regard of its effects on the environment. It was not until the publication of “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson in 1962, did the public start paying attention to the effects of pollution caused by the booming industrial revolution. Since the first Earth Day, it launched the beginning of the modern environmental movement. By the end of 1970, it sparked the passage of many protection laws in the U.S including The Clear Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts and the creation of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Currently our planet is experiencing the effects of global warming and climate change around the world. This not only endangers animals and natural habitats, but us humans as well. Weather patterns are changing. The average temperatures are rising, therefore causing polar glaciers to melt, resulting in rising sea levels. Extreme weather patterns are developing bringing hurricanes, floods and blizzards in unusual and non-traditional places.
Looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day and commemorate its 50th anniversary? Here are a few things to consider:
- Reduce your carbon footprint (walk instead of driving)
- Stop using single use disposable bags
- Change paper bills to online/electronic billings
- Use reusable bottles for drinking water, coffee or tea
- Buy organic foods to keep body free from toxic pesticides
- Compost scrap food
- Recycle paper, plastic and cardboard
- Donate to a non-profit organization with the mission of tackling our climate crisis
Doing this may help in global warming because it affects our health in the following ways;
- Rising temperatures we are experiencing more extreme heat. This can increase your risk of heat related illness including dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
- Air pollution from the burning of fossil fuels and smoke from wildfires releases particles in the air that can lead to different lung and respiratory illnesses.
- Changes in weather and rising temperature can lead to more ear, nose and throat infections
Let us take care of our environment for it to take care of us in return. Your little action today, goes a long way for the future of tomorrow.
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