Global warming, the melting of glaciers, air and water pollution, and the depletion of the ozone have been a matter of discussion for decades. At first, these discussions were confined to hypotheses and theories; nothing more than an unconvincing and fictitious sketch of the fate of our planet drawn by some scientists. Years went by. The marches became louder and prevalent; researches became more convincing and detailed; pacts like the Paris Agreement were signed; teenagers were becoming activists—the fight to save the planet had begun from all global fronts. But was it too late? No one knew for sure.
The year 2019 started with a fire in Australia so massive, it had its own weather. Millions of acres were turned into ashes, species were pushed to extinction, air quality dropped to a hazardous level, and thousands of people lost their homes to the evil, bushfire of Australia.
In the opposite corner of the world, icy Greenland was facing a dire issue of its own. Its ice was melting faster than ever, making the world’s largest island, possibly the biggest contributor to the rise in sea level in the years to come. The same year another research came to the fore—rising oceans can affect three times more people by 2050 than previously believed. Millions of lives will be affected by these catastrophic changes.
Looking at what the future has in store for us, it seems chickens are finally coming home to roost. All human neglect and the unchecked emissions of poison have begun to cripple our environment.
Who would have thought it’ll be not us but a global pandemic that will come to the rescue of the environment?
The lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak that led to the restricted human movement has brought to the limelight the real healing power of nature. NASA’s pictures taken from the satellite have revealed some extraordinary before and after photos of China, Italy, and other countries with significant changes in the atmospheric levels of nitrogen dioxide. India recorded the lowest one-day traffic emission during the lockdown period, while noise pollution has reduced by huge margins too. Rivers and canals have become cleaner and clearer again.
The conditions can go back to worse once the pandemic is over if we don’t take conscious actions to protect the earth. Everyone has to do their bit. Earth Day Network—an NGO that spearheads the events associated with Earth Day—has set the wheels in motion by organising the first-ever digital movement to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, where millions of people around the world will join together to discuss how as an individual and as a society we can save our planet.
Jumping on the bandwagon, Soulveda brings conscious actions and measures that can help an individual contribute to the global movement of saving the earth. This Earth Day, let’s mark a new beginning.