High school students demonstrate against global warming. | Adam Berry / Getty Images
High school students demonstrate against global warming. | Adam Berry / Getty Images
Text Size:

On 22 April 1970, millions in the US hit the streets to raise their voice against the negative effects of industrial development and mark the first Earth Day. Two decades later, it became a global event, and today, the Earth Day Network has more than 75,000 partners in more than 190 countries.

The theme for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day is climate action, and it could not be more timely. Right now, as the world struggles to cope with the coronavirus pandemic and to balance economic concerns with health concerns in lockdown, it is also seeing the incidental positives of a lockdown.

So, on one hand is the gravely worrying oil price crash due to low demand in lockdown, while on the other is the steep drop in pollution levels because there is no industrial work, no air traffic or road traffic.

The pandemic has forced the world to stand at a crossroads where we need to examine orole in allowing this crisis and reconfigure our lives in such a way that while the wheels of the economy keep moving, we don’t lose sight of the basics. And Earth Day is the perfect time to do that.


Also read: Want to stop the next pandemic? Start protecting wildlife habitats


50th anniversary is going digital

Earth Day is widely recognised as the largest secular observance worldwide, with more than a billion people globally taking part in marches and parades, working to bring policy changes to benefit the environment, carry clean-up drives, organise seminars etc.

We are deeply grateful to our readers & viewers for their time, trust and subscriptions.

Quality journalism is expensive and needs readers to pay for it. Your support will define our work and ThePrint’s future.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

But this year, due to the coronavirus crisis, the lockdowns in many countries and social distancing rules across the world, none of these demonstrations will take place.

The 50th anniversary of the environment event will be the first ever digital Earth Day, where participants are encouraged to pay homage to the planet by following the action online and taking part in global conversations, social media campaigns, video teach-ins, amplifying calls to action, watching concerts and more.


Also read: India’s one lesson from Covid crisis and work-from-home: How to build a real smart city


How to mark Earth Day in quarantine?

Given that the traditional marches and rallies won’t be possible, many are wondering what they can do to mark Earth Day, apart from watching the online events.

The simple answer is: Change. And it’s been happening for a while.

People may not be able to be outside, but conversations around climate action and environmentally-friendly lifestyles have become increasingly part of our consciousness. Many have delighted in how lockdown has impacted air quality, while others have long since given up single-use plastic and even meat.

From embracing slow fashion to working from home to segregating waste, there are many things one can do to mark Earth Day.

And there is, perhaps, no better time to do this than during a period of self-quarantine, when the word ‘essential’ is being redefined.


Also read: Virtual managing is difficult, but managers can learn a lot from work-from-home


 

Subscribe to our channels on YouTube & Telegram

News media is in a crisis & only you can fix it

You are reading this because you value good, intelligent and objective journalism. We thank you for your time and your trust.

You also know that the news media is facing an unprecedented crisis. It is likely that you are also hearing of the brutal layoffs and pay-cuts hitting the industry. There are many reasons why the media’s economics is broken. But a big one is that good people are not yet paying enough for good journalism.

We have a newsroom filled with talented young reporters. We also have the country’s most robust editing and fact-checking team, finest news photographers and video professionals. We are building India’s most ambitious and energetic news platform. And we aren’t even three yet.

At ThePrint, we invest in quality journalists. We pay them fairly and on time even in this difficult period. As you may have noticed, we do not flinch from spending whatever it takes to make sure our reporters reach where the story is. Our stellar coronavirus coverage is a good example. You can check some of it here.

This comes with a sizable cost. For us to continue bringing quality journalism, we need readers like you to pay for it. Because the advertising market is broken too.

If you think we deserve your support, do join us in this endeavour to strengthen fair, free, courageous, and questioning journalism, please click on the link below. Your support will define our journalism, and ThePrint’s future. It will take just a few seconds of your time.

Support Our Journalism

Share Your Views

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here