Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EarthDay.org (formerly Earth Day Network) including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries. The official theme for 2022 is Invest in Our Planet.
This day is to educate and alert people about the urge to invest in our planet. It is to raise the awareness and importance of environmental issues such as pollution, greenhouse gas climate condition and global warming. World Earth Day inspires millions of people around the world to share ideas about issues.
We should take Combine efforts to make the world a happier, healthier place to live. To promote ecology and raise awareness of the growing problems of air, water, and soil pollution.
Pollution is the contamination of the environment by introduction of contaminants that can cause damage to environment and harm or discomfort to humans or other living species. It is the addition of another form of any substance or form of energy to the environment at a rate faster than the environment can accommodate it by dispersion, breakdown, recycling, or storage in some harmless form.
Environmental pollution is one the greatest challenges that the world is facing today. It began since industrial revolution, increasing day by day and causing irreparable damage to Mother Earth. Environmental pollution has its own causes, effects and solutions. Looking into these will help you identify the causes and what steps you can take to mitigate those effects. Broadly, environmental pollution consists of six basic types of pollution, i.e. air, water, land, soil, noise, and light.
Causes of Environmental Pollution
- The Burning of Fossil Fuels
- Industrial Emission
- Indoor Air Pollution
- Microbial Decaying Process6. Transportation
- Open Burning of Garbage Waste8. Construction and Demolition
- Agricultural Activities
- Use of chemical and synthetic products.
- Water pollution is a major issue
- Pollution from cars, trucks, and other vehicles
Effects of Environmental Pollution
- Irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat
- Wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and breathing difficulties
- Worsening of existing lung and heart problems, such as asthma
- Increased risk of heart attack
Prevention of Environmental Pollution
Concern for our global environment is a core Abbott value. It’s a long-standing, year-round commitment focused on a set of ambitious goals for reducing our impact on the environment. We’re working toward a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a 30 percent reduction in total water intake, and a 50 percent reduction in total waste.
There are various method to save the earth from dangerous and invest in our planet for a happier, healthier place to live.
- Follow the 3 R’s- Look for ways you can Reduce, Reuse and Recycle throughout your organization . You’ll save natural resources, energy and money, and you’ll reduce waste sent to landfills.
- Conserve energy- From turning off lights and electronics when not in use, to using a programmable thermostat, to changing your air filter regularly, there are many small things you can do to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while saving money on your utility bills.
- Reduce paper waste and junk mail- Think twice before printing things at work and home. You can reduce your mail by using online payment options that avoid paper bills. And there are services that will remove your name from unwanted mailing lists to reduce junk mail.
- Recycle your electronics- Your old, unused or broken computers, tablets, phones and other electronics can often be recycled for free by stores, manufacturers and local governments, which saves natural resources while also reducing pollution.
- Give your car a break- Whether you’re commuting to work or running errands, you just might be able to leave your car at home, even a few times a week. Walk, ride a bike, carpool or take public transportation. You’ll save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and get more exercise.
- Turn off the tap- Whether you’re brushing your teeth, washing dishes, or taking a shower, turn off the water when it’s not needed.
- Replace your bulbs- Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and LED bulbs may cost more than incandescent bulbs, but they will save money over the long run, last longer, and use up to 90 percent less energy.
- Bring your own bags to the store- Use a backpack or bag from home, or buy reusable bags that you can keep in your car and use again and again.
- Buy local Products- Buying local produce and other items reduces shipping distances from food sourced overseas, and also supports local businesses and communities.
- Act local- Get involved in environmental work in your local community. Local schools, governments, and non-profit organizations often offer opportunities for volunteers to get involved in cleaning up parks, river and ocean restoring habitats, and other efforts to make communities greener.
Food production is a major driver of wildlife extinction. What we eat contributes around a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions and is responsible for almost 60% of global biodiversity loss.
Farming animals for meat and dairy requires space and huge inputs of water and feed. Today, one of the biggest causes of forest loss is the expansion of agricultural land for animal feed production, such as soy and producing meat creates vastly more carbon dioxide than plants such as vegetables, grains and legumes.
We can all do more to be more conscious about what we buy, and where we buy it from. Buying less will save you money, reduce waste and improve your environmental footprint. Living a less consumerist lifestyle can benefit you and our planet.
Use your purchasing power and make sure your money is going towards positive change. By supporting eco-friendly products which are less damaging to the environment, you’re encouraging companies to source and produce their products in a sustainable way.
Our amazing supporters are helping us to restore nature and tackle the main causes of nature’s decline, particularly the food system and climate change. We rely on generous donations to carry out our projects all around the world.