By Karen Thuranira

Earth Day is an event celebrated annually around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was celebrated for the very first time in 1970 as a unified response to an environmental crisis. Today, April 22, 2020 marks its 50th anniversary.  

While the world’s attention has been shifted to the coronavirus (COVID-19) which has been spreading around the world and dominating news headlines, we still need to think about our home; the Earth and  take climate action as an urgent matter as it remains as urgent as ever. 

According to the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Emissions Gap Report 2019, by the end of 2020, global CO2 emissions need to have dropped by 7.6% and continue to drop by 7.6% each year for us to keep global heating under 1.5⁰C.

About this year’s theme

The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. Climate action has been a big topic over the last few years with everyone trying whatever they can to mitigate the impact of climate change. It has been a big challenge but also the many opportunities of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.

Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.

As the world struggled to curb the spreading of the corona virus and plan for post-pandemic recovery, we must also remember the risks we face by ignoring the threats posed by environmental destruction to us and the future generations.  April 22 is a timely reminder to urgently take action to protect ourselves against the fatal consequences of climate change. It’s also a reminder to embrace the opportunities climate action bring along like green jobs.

What can we do?

On this day, we can join the rest of the world a series of online discussions, events and actions which can be done from the comfort of our homes or from wherever we are, considering the current coronavirus situation and the rule on distancing and social gatherings.

Explore the many virtual Earth Day events by simply searching on google to find an event that works for you and join discussions on twitter and other social media platforms.

Most importantly, let us all keep our environment at heart by taking climate action.  Plant trees, discourage deforestation, adopt energy management and water management solutions, and opt for renewable energy and clean energy solutions.

Eenovators wishes you a happy Earth Day. Stay safe!