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Endeavors to ‘restore our earth’

- Chelsey Keith P. Ignacio

EARTH is the primary source of living. But now, it undergoes climate changes mainly caused by human activities. Basing on the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergover­nmental Panel on Climate Change, the National Aeronautic­s and Space Administra­tion (NASA) stated in its “Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet” article in its website that there is more than 95% possibilit­y that human activities have warmed the planet for over the past 50 years.

Hence, people must urgently act on saving the planet. For Earth Day 2021, banners the theme “Restore Our Earth”. Focusing on natural processes, emerging green technologi­es, and innovative thinking to restore the ecosystems, “the theme rejects the notion that mitigation or adaptation are the only ways to address climate change,” the organizati­on said in its website.

This year’s 51st Earth Day celebratio­n sustains the purpose of the first environmen­tal movement in 1970.

“Earth Day 1970 gave a voice to an emerging public consciousn­ess about the state of our planet,” said. In 1990, Earth Day began to be a global event, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmen­tal issues onto the world stage.

“By tapping into some of the learnings, outcomes, and legacy of the first Earth Day, is building a cohesive, coordinate­d, diverse movement, one that goes to the very heart of what and Earth Day are all about — empowering individual­s with the informatio­n, the tools, the messaging and the communitie­s needed to make an impact and drive change,” shared.

The organizati­on looks forward to contributi­ng to the active progress to ‘Restore Our Earth’. “We must see every country rapidly raise their ambition across all climate issues — and that must include climate education which would lead to a green jobs-ready workforce, a green consumer movement, and an educated and civically engaged citizenry around the world,” said President Kathleen Rogers in a statement.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most Earth Day celebratio­ns this year happen in the virtual world. is conducting a three-day climate action.

The celebratio­n began on April 20 through a global youth climate summit led by Earth Uprising, collaborat­ing with My Future My Voice, OneMillion­OfUs, and hundreds of young climate activists. On the same day, The Hip Hop Caucus and its partners presented the virtual summit, “We Shall Breathe”, which sought to examine climate and environmen­tal justice. Employing a racial justice framework, it aimed to correlate the climate crisis with the issues like the pandemic, pollution, poverty, and police brutality.

Yesterday, April 21, Education Internatio­nal led the “Teach for the Planet: Global Education Summit”, a multilingu­al virtual event that featured renowned activists from every continent. It focused on the fundamenta­l part of educators in fighting climate change and highlighti­ng the need for transforma­tive climate education.

Today, April 22, the organizati­on will have its second Earth Day Live digital event, which will include workshops, panel discussion­s, and special performanc­es focusing on the ‘Restore Our Earth’ theme. Among the topics are climate and environmen­tal literacy, climate restoratio­n technologi­es, reforestat­ion efforts, and more.

Aside from, other organizati­ons also show support for Earth Day 2021.

National Geographic held its virtual celebratio­n, “Earth Day Eve 2021”, yesterday. It featured music acts, special appearance­s, and inspiring stories; all of which reveled their shared love for the planet.

From April 21 to 24, NASA is hosting a virtual event to celebrate Earth Day 2021. It features live presentati­ons by NASA scientists and interactiv­e chats with Earth Science experts. It also offers live talks, games, videos, and downloadab­le posters and books.

In the Philippine­s, the Climate Change Commission will also air the 42nd episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways,” with the topic, “The Single-Use Plastics Problem: Perspectiv­e from Policymake­rs” today, April 22, via Facebook Live. The event will gather policymake­rs to share updates regarding the discussion­s on the bill to ban single-use plastics nationwide.

The Department of Education is also holding its virtual Earth Day celebratio­n with the theme, “PINASiglan­g Mundo” from April 20 to 22. It will also launch the KalikHasan! Likha at Lakas ng Kabataan para sa Kalikasan, a creative sourcebook on the use of theater for climate education and action.

Everyone can also participat­e in celebratin­g Earth Day. Good Housekeepi­ng lists ecofriendl­y lifestyle changes a person can adapt to help save the planet. Actions include reusing some items, purchasing environmen­tally-friendly products, and reducing daily water and energy consumptio­n among others. “Earth Day comes once a year, but these lifestyle changes could be beneficial for the other 364 days, as well as years to come,” the article stated. reminds that to ‘Restore Our Earth’ will depend on everyone: “We all need a healthy Earth to support our jobs, livelihood­s, health and survival, and happiness. A healthy planet is not an option — it is a necessity.” —

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