Today Global warming and climate changes are impacting us all more than ever before, it is time to take action. Earth Day, observed on 22 April every year, is considered to be the birthdate of the modern environmental movement, which was sparked by a number of events in 1970, the zenith of the hippie movement. The death of Jimi Hendrix, Simon and Garfunkel’s hit, ‘Bridge over troubled water’, and the last Beatles album, along with numerous protests against the Vietnamese War, all had their part in convincing people that mass action could make a difference and the word ‘environment’ had already started to be bandied about.
It was under these conditions that the first ever demonstration for environmental awareness was held on 22 April, sparked by a massive oil spill which had caused devastation in Santa Barbara. Suddenly thousands of people realised that they shared a common ideal.
Through the years, the focus shifted more and more towards energy conservation, culminating in a gathering of hundreds of thousands of protestors gathering at the National Mall in Washington DC on Earth Day 2000.
The growing awareness of Earth Day is attributed to the fact that it works. Today, we are all affected by the ravages of climate change and global warming, and more and more people are singing up to take action against those governments who are not embracing cleaner forms of energy and enforcing green policies. Earth Day is currently the largest civic event in the world, celebrated simultaneously by people of all nationalities, regardless of colour, calling, race or creed.
There are many ways to get involved in this worthwhile initiative. These include organising a rally, volunteering, going to an Earth Day festival or launching a community project. The best way to celebrate Earth Day is to make every day Earth Day, by ensuring that everything we do makes the least possible impact on our environment.