Each year on April 22 hundreds of millions of people celebrate Earth Day, a secular holiday which marks the anniversary of the beginning of the modern environmental movement back in 1970, a movement which originated in the United States and spread quickly abroad until it acquired a global significance as more and more people around the world became aware of the dangers which threaten to destroy of our planet’s fragile ecosystem, such as pollution, deforestation or climate change and their devastating consequences for people and wildlife.
In my opinion Earth Day is more of a cry of alarm rather than a celebration, and the huge efforts made by organizations like the Earth Day Network in different campaigns aimed at preserving the environment can have a huge positive impact as long as they succeed in convincing governments and individuals to get actively involved in fighting against the negative factors which alter our planet’s health, and the campaign for 2019, which is entitled “Protect Our Species”’, is of extreme importance as it can save some of the world’s flora and fauna from extinction.
The sad reality of the hectic times we live in is that humans are responsible for the increasing number of endangered species that are closer and closer to be wiped off the face of the Earth. The countdown to extinction, which has been dramatically accelerated in the last few decades by humans’ lack of concern for wildfire, is getting closer to its climax for species which have been living for thousands, if not millions of years on planet Earth. Elephants, big cats, giraffes, whales, primates and so many other species might become a thing of the past if people don’t stop hunting them indiscriminately and destroying their habitat.
Fortunately, there are also many people involved in the efforts of preserving and saving many of these endangered species, and they deserve to be celebrated as well on Earth Day. They are the ones who fight to fix what others have broken through their reckless actions, so as long as they are active and don’t give up fighting for the preservation of threatened species and for other noble causes, there’s still hope that all is not lost and the future generations will have more reasons of joy when they celebrate EarthDay!