Earth Day is a nonprofit organisation and yearly event committed to increasing awareness about the importance of environmental protection. It serves as a reminder of the importance of sustainability as well as an invitation to participate in the preservation of our planet.
Earth Day has grown into a powerful global movement that encourages us to conserve our planet by organising community cleanups, demonstrations, and education. Every year on April 22nd, we commemorate this special day, since 1970. But how does Earth Day relates to climate change?
Protecting Our Planet Earth
Currently, less than 15% of the land is protected, along with 21% of freshwater and 8% of ocean resources. The potential of biodiversity and ecosystems to adapt to rising temperatures is limited. To keep biodiversity and ecosystems in balance, 30-50 percent of the Earth’s land, freshwater, and ocean must be conserved. Unfortunately, ecological degradation and loss are leading to increased greenhouse gas emissions and persistent change.
Today, the climate crisis is at the centre of all environmental action, and Earth Day has raised public awareness of the serious danger that global warming poses. Earth Day, which is already focused on environmental protection, also offers important opportunities to educate people about the effects of climate change and inspire them to take climate action.
Consequences of Climate Change
The key aspects posed by climate change as the temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere rises are increasing sea levels, ecosystem collapse, greater aridity and drought, increased floods and wildfires (destroying ecosystems), more frequent and stronger heatwaves, and more frequent and severe weather.
The impacts of rising temperatures caused by human-generated greenhouse gas emissions on planetary systems are numerous. It warms the polar regions and oceans, for example, melting the ice cover at the poles and causing sea-level rise.
Global Warming And Climate Change
The issue of global warming has been debated for many years. The majority of scientists believe it is a genuine and growing threat to humanity and the environment. Global greenhouse gas emissions reached their highest levels in human history from 2010 to 2019, although the rate of growth has moderated. Without immediate and large reductions in emissions across all sectors, limiting global warming to 1.5°C will be unattainable. To keep global warming to 1.5°C (2.7°F), global greenhouse gas emissions must peak by 2025 at the latest and be cut by 43% by 2030; at the same time, methane emissions must be cut by around a third.
Despite our gains, we still have a long way to go in terms of halting environmental degradation and slowing climate change. Earth Day is an opportunity to emphasise these primary concerns that impact all of us. We can make a big difference by making little improvements.