Today is an auspicious day. It’s my birthday. Does anyone know how it came to be? No not me, I’m sure you all know how the earth was formed 4.54 billion years ago. Oh I know I know I’m ancient. Yet no one thought of celebrating my birthday until one day, John McConnell, a newspaper publisher and influential community activist proposed the idea of a global holiday called Earth Day at a UNESCO Conference on the Environment in 1969.
I’ve had many dear friends who took care of me over the years. My animal friends surely keep me clean, but recently, people had a need for so many things. They made factories, nuclear plants; they dug holes to take out gems and minerals. The factories gave off smoke and the humans used all those things and created billions of tons of trash.
My earthlings, I exist for you, but should we not be kind to each other? Now everywhere you see, there is trash, there is smoke. My friends in the sea are choking on plastic and nets. The deforestation and weather changes made my animal friends so sad. They have no homes to live anymore. So, dear earthlings, I am doing by best to take care of all of you and I’m so happy because today you celebrate me. Thank you Sir John McConnell, for this gift.
Every April 21 or 22nd, my earthlings think of me.
According to the history archive:
“On February 26, 1971, U.N. Secretary-General U Thant signed a proclamation saying that the United Nations would celebrate Earth Day annually on the vernal equinox, thereby officially establishing the March date as the international Earth Day. In his Earth Day statement on March 21, 1971, Thant said, “May there be many peaceful and cheerful Earth Days to come for our beautiful Spaceship Earth as it continues to spin and circle in frigid space with its warm and fragile cargo of animate life.” The United Nations continues to celebrate Earth Day each year by ringing the Peace Bell at U.N. headquarters in New York at the precise moment of the vernal equinox.
McConnell suggested an annual observance to remind people of their shared responsibility as environmental stewards. He chose the vernal equinox—the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere and the first day of autumn in the southern hemisphere—because it is a day of renewal.
At the vernal equinox (always March 20 or March 21), night and day are the same lengths everywhere on Earth. McConnell believed that Earth Day should be a time of equilibrium when people could put aside their differences and recognize their common need to preserve Earth’s resources.
And this how it came to be, my day, my birthday. If you are thinking about celebrating this day, you just have to follow the 3 R’s! Reuse, Recycle and Reduce. And that will be the best gift you could give to me.
Your ever loving planet
— Nuvaira Dhedhi
Early Childhood Educator
Sources : https://www.liveabout.com/the-history-of-earth-day-1203691