Caring for Mother Earth

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Rudi Hartono wears a superhero costume to clean up the sea in Parepare City, Indonesia, to commemorate Mother Earth Day.
Rudi Hartono wears a superhero costume to clean up the sea in Parepare City, Indonesia, to commemorate Mother Earth Day.
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Just about the only exciting thing to emerge from lockdown has been one of those rare events – a boost to our environment.

Suddenly we were reading about deforestation rates changing in some places, air pollution diminishing, water quality improving, and snow becoming more reflective in some areas since the pandemic last year. Blue skies were reported over Chinese cities, albeit briefly, and fish could be seen swimming in Venice’s canals.

Not all the stories were true, but the brief excitement did mean one thing – that we can make a difference to our environment if we try. Even small changes can positively impact our Earth and make the world of difference.

As United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres says, “Recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic is a chance to set the world on a cleaner, greener, more sustainable path.”

Why are we telling you this? Because today, 22 April, is Earth Day or Mother Earth Day, a global event observed annually to pledge support for environmental protection.

This year's theme is Restore Our Earth and it focuses on restoring the world's ecosystems through natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking.

To mark the occasion, Google created a video doodle highlighting how we can all have a hand in helping create a brighter future for the planet.

One industry that’s got on board is the beauty business, where the word sustainability has gone from a buzzword to one of the biggest consumer considerations.

Buyers are asking for greater transparency when it comes to the cosmetics we use and the impact they have on our planet. In response, beauty brands and retailers are taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint and go greener.

From using eco-friendly, sustainable ingredients and earth-friendly packaging to dialling back on the plastic and featuring clothing made with recycled fabric, these are some of the positive steps towards making more sustainable choices.

Read more | 6 local celebs who turned their love for beauty into a business

Earth Day over time

Earth Day Earth Day was first observed in 1970, when 20 million people took to the streets to protest against environmental degradation. It was was triggered by the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, as well as other issues such as smog and polluted rivers.

Over the next half century, Earth Day has continued to play an important role in environmental activism. The landmark Paris Agreement, which brings almost 200 countries together in setting a common target to reduce global greenhouse emissions, was signed on Earth Day 2016.

To mark this year’s event, the United Nations shares some tips on how to be more environmentally conscious. 

The day should inspire us to act towards the protection of the environment and focus on the need for conservation. James Bond did his bit by sharing all the beautiful areas they have filmed in to commemorate the day. 

 And National Geographic showcased some of its spectacular photos.

Happy Mother Earth Day!

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