Did you know that 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day?
The first Earth Day was celebrated on April the 22nd 1970, when twenty million Americans took the streets to protest environmental negligence and demand green politics.
Many things have changed from the seventies, but politics have not gotten any better, and exactly for this reason we are still protesting, in the hope this will lead us to a sustainable society. This year, due to the coronavirus emergency, the events are taking place online; it’s a shame, it would have been nice to celebrate together this anniversary, but I love what they have created to enable us to still take part in the movement.
The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action; it doesn’t come as a surprise, given the climate crisis we’re living and the terrible scenarios we are facing; in fact the organisation has been focused on the issue for many years already, and exactly for this reason, in 2016, the Earth Day was also chosen as the signing date the for the Paris Agreement.
Events like the Earth Day contribute to rise the environmental and climate awareness among the people, also during unprecedented times like this one: we are in the middle of a pandemic, we are stuck in our homes and we are worried about the future. We might not be too concerned about the environment at the minute, but it’s not that obvious. According to some studies, coronavirus could actually be linked to pollution. Dirty air seems to increase the risk of respiratory problems that can be fatal for coronavirus patients and this could explain the death of those without underlying conditions. Not to talk about population growth and urbanisation, or about the high risk of more frequent epidemics in the future.
If you ask me, environment is our main concern nowadays, and sustainability is the only way for our species to survive. I can’t stop thinking that we should use this moment to build a new greener and socially just society.
Happy Earth Day to you all!