“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”

 — Native American Proverb

Earth Day is an annual event created to celebrate the planet’s environment and raise public awareness about pollution. The day, marked on April 22, is observed worldwide with rallies, conferences, outdoor activities, and service projects. Earth Day is a time of the year to reflect on how your life impacts the planet. On this day, people think about new ways to reduce their carbon footprint and improve water quality. They get together to get their hands dirty and make earnest strides towards making the Earth a better, and healthier, place to live.  Earth Day is an important day for people to take time out of their busy lives to consider the impact that humanity has on the environment and for taking steps to minimize these impacts. As a result, we all can live happier and healthier lives in tune with nature. While it would be nice if we all lived as if every day was Earth Day, this holiday serves as a friendly reminder each year, to respect the Earth and to show a little gratitude to Mother Nature.

Earth Day is a time to reflect and be thankful for everything the Earth does for us. It is also a time to strengthen our relationship with nature, to give back, and to think of ways we can work to better support the Earth for future generations. This year the theme for Earth Day is, “Invest In Our Planet.” Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity.

Earth Day is always about protecting our planet and fighting climate change, but every year, there’s a more nuanced theme, too.

Earth Day’s 2022 theme focuses on a green economy: “Invest In Our Planet.”

In keeping with the theme, Earth Day 2022 will center on “accelerating solutions to combat our greatest threat, climate change, and to activate everyone — governments, citizens, and businesses — to do their part,” and encourage Earth Day observers to “recognize our collective responsibility and to help accelerate the transition to an equitable, prosperous green economy for all,” according to press materials EDO sent Green Matters ahead of the public announcement.

More specifically, EDO hopes that the holiday this year will continue to help chip away at the fossil fuel industry’s power and shift the planet to a “21st century economy.” However, we cannot solely rely on the people in power to do that.

The organization notes that COP26, hosted in Glasgow this past November, made it clearer than ever that governments are not taking enough action to fight the climate crisis or support a global green economy. “It is increasingly clear that governments can’t and won’t solve the climate crisis alone,” Rogers tells us.

“Massive, urgent, and cross-cutting investments in innovation, technology, and restoration are necessary, which along with sustained individual political and consumer engagement, is our best bet to combat our greatest threat,” Rogers adds. We have more green solutions and technology than ever in 2022, but they aren’t being implemented. EDO hopes that Earth Day 2022 will serve as a reminder that individuals, consumers, businesses, innovators, and investors all hold the power to convince governments to facilitate a transition to a green economy.

All, EDO maintains that a healthy and equitable planet “is within our reach if we work together.”

How you can support a green economy and “Invest In Our Planet”:

There are many ways individuals can send these signals to the governments and industries. For example, you can support eco-conscious brands and products; divest from unsustainable investments and big banks and transfer your money to an ethical investing portfolio and an ethical bank; and use your job or skills to create and support innovations that will fight the climate crisis.

About the Author: Wardah Razzaq is an Environmentalist, a Certified Climate Reality Leader and Mentor, Green Blogger, Environmental and Climate Change Activist, Environmental and Climate Writer/Author, Researcher, and an International Mentor at the New York Academy of Sciences. Her ambition is to raise awareness among the masses regarding various environmental issues and about their multifarious impacts and solutions via my piece of writings.

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