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Saturday, 22-September-2018

Think Beyond Plastic- Endplasticpollution

“Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

Do you believe in a miracle? Have you seen miracle? The planet on which we are living is itself a miracle. We live on a planet that circles around a ball of a fire next to the moon that moves the sea. So how can’t a person believe in a miracle?
Earth is the only planet in the universe, where life originated. We can certainly say that Earth is our mother and we are her children. She gave us food, water and shelter. What useful things have we done to our mother then? There is a massive destruction of forests, pollution of seas and oceans. We are increasingly impoverishing resources of our planet. As process of globalization quickly moves, as environment suffers. What do we have to do in order to stop the degradation ofEarth? 
It is necessary to maintain the natural assets of the earth in order to continue life on earth.  The most intelligent creature of God called human is slowly losing its humanity and forgetting to take care of the planet that gave it life and started using its resources  ruthlessly.
As Gaylord Nelson said, “The real wealth of a nation is its air, water, soil, forests, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity. Take these resources away, and all that is left is a wasteland.”

Earth Day 2018 Campaign 
A simple walk on any beach, anywhere, and the plastic waste spectacle is present. All over the world the statistics show ever growing plastic wasted. Tons of plastic debris is discarded every year, everywhere, polluting lands, rivers, coasts, beaches, and oceans.
From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet.
In response, Earth Day 2018 will focus on fundamentally changing human attitude and behaviour about plastic and catalyzing a significant reduction in plastic pollution. 
The issue of plastic pollution has gained traction over the past decade, which has seen research increase, bringing together policymakers, conservationists and business interests to pursue solutions.
Beaches, covered with large debris and millions of plastic particles in place of the sand, are suffocating, envenomed by the slow plastic poison continuously washing ashore.
Then, on shore, the spectacle becomes even more poignant, as thousands of bird corpses rest on these beaches, piles of colorful plastic remaining where their stomachs had been. In some cases, the skeleton had entirely biodegraded; yet the stomach-size plastic piles are still present, intact.
From the whale, sea lions, and birds to the microscopic organisms called zooplankton, plastic has been, and is, greatly affecting marine life on shore and off shore.

History of Earth Day
Close to 48 years ago, on 22 April 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development. The founder of the Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson, has chosen this day to increase the awareness among common public, especially among youngsters to get full effect of the campaign of environmental safety.
The first celebration of the Earth Day took place in the US on 22nd of April in 1970 to mark the environmental movement as a big matter of fact. Students  from the US campuses had participated to protest against the environmental deterioration to increase the public awareness. Another group protested against the oil spills, toxic dumps, air and water pollution due to industrialization, raw sewage, use and production of pesticides and many more. Since then, 22nd of April has continued to be celebrated as Earth Day officially.
Earth Day 1970 gave voice to the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns on the front page.
There is reason behind the title of this celebration as a “Earth Day”. It was suggested by number of people in 1969 and the idea came with “birthday” as Earth day (rhyming word of birthday).
Nature is created by god and to take care of it god created a humans that is us. But instead of taking care of it, we are destroying it. Human have become blind and so selfish that they can’t even think of the consequences of their actions.
This is the day where we can at least give our 10% to save the earth to save our life because it is not just a need but our responsibility too. We are totally dependent on the environment so it is obvious that if we want to continue enjoying the things that nature gives us then it is our responsibility to take care of it. Use of plastic bags should be banned and some serious laws should be made and strict action should be taken on using plastic bags.  Not just your home but also your nearby area, keep it clean and plastic free. Start picking up garbage on the street and take out plastic material from it and recycle it. Although the whole year you are busy in doing your own work, take out some time from your busy schedule to protect our planet.
Every day is the earth day so we should take care of it on a daily basis. Earth gives us many gifts daily so by keeping aside our selfishattitude we should show some love and care towards our nature and protect it.