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Know About International Mother Earth Day

22nd April is celebrated as International Mother Earth Day. Each year, Earth Day -- April 22 –marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. It is really alarming to know that our planet, our home is being neglected each and every moment by its citizens. Climate change continues unabated. Seems like a new ecological disaster is happening almost daily. This Earth Day it is time to send a message to everyone that if we continue our present lifestyle, our planet won't wait for us to be completely destroyed! The new mantra of our lives should be to “go green”. Now what do you understand by “going green”? Read more to find out!

Everyone has a right to live in a clean and healthy environment regardless of race, ethnicity or socio-economic status. Human beings, in the name of development and modernization have utilized and destroyed the natural resources in this planet beyond repair.Going green is the only alternative to protect the planet and ourselves from evils of global warming and pollution. Let us take a look on some of the major effects of modernization of our planet:

Carbon dioxide emission from power plants and by transportation. With our population growing at an alarming rate, the demand for more cars and consumer goods means that we are increasing the use of fossil fuels for transportation and manufacturing. On the other hand, our ever increasing addiction to electricity from coal burning power plants releases enormous amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Every day, more and more electric gadgets are flooding the market. Without alternative energy sources, we are highly and perhaps only dependent on burning coal, thereby depleting the natural coal content in the earth.

Rise in Temperature: Average temperature on earth, over the years, has increased by 20 C. This is because of the increased dependency on fossil fuels, rapid deforestation, industrialization and urbanization.

Deforestation: The main cause of deforestation is the continuous use of forests for fuel (both wood and for charcoal). Over use of wood and paper products, consumption of livestock grazed on former forest land, use of tropical forest lands contributes to the mass deforestation of our world. Forests remove and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and this deforestation releases large amounts of carbon leading to reduction of carbon capture on the planet.

Rise in sea level:The sea levels are rising slowly, owing to melting polar ice caps, again due to global warming. Also, as per the report on coral reefs from WWF, coral populations are on the verge of destruction due to increased temperatures and ocean acidification. This will eventually lead to prolonged rise in sea temperature and destruction of sea life.

Increase in Population and Pollution: This can be considered as the most devastating effect on the earth. Today, the global population is increasing at an exponential rate. Pollution is affecting our lives. The incidence of cancer, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema has multiplied the past few years.

How Do We Go Green?

This Earth Day, channelize your energy into building a clean and healthy world for generations to come. Help Earth Day Network grow by planting a single tree.It is our responsibility to let our children and grand children eat healthy and breathe safe, making this planet more habitable and green. Going forward, let us take a pledge to follow the below easily doabletips in our everyday life:

Get educated. Educate yourself about global warming. Save precious resources like water, air, food and soil which are vital for everyday life.

Use recycled paper. Try to lessen paper printouts as much as possible. Decide whether something is really worth printing out. Educate and Influence your friends on use of emails. Make sure that your printer paper is 100% post consumer recycled paper.

Choose vegetarian, go green totally.Did you know the fact that livestock are responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than transportation? Choosing vegetarian foods also drastically reduces agricultural water consumption and land use, and favorably impacts biodiversity.Vegetarian diets have been shown to promote good health.

Recycle more by using recycling bins, composting, etc. Encourage neighbors and colleagues to do likewise. Invest rainwater if you have the space.

Use compact fluorescent bulbs. Replace your normal light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. You can save about 300 lbs. of carbon dioxide per year.

Use public transportation. Taking the bus, the train, the subway or other forms of public transportation lessens the load on the roads and reduces one's individual greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1600 pounds per year. You also save on parking money and time wasted looking for parking spaces

Grow fast growing plants.Plants like bamboo grow faster and produce 35% more oxygen than trees like oak or birch. Planting trees is the easiest way to go green. Remember, trees protect soil erosion, recharge ground water, save our lives by providing oxygen.

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