The importance of Earth Day

How Earth Day can help bring a stop to mass pollution

Earth Day was on Thurs. April 22, 2021. Earth Day is an important day and we shouldn’t ignore the message behind it. Our planet needs our help.

The planet is heating up and fast. Climate change is affecting our home and we need to understand it. 

Climate change occurs due to abundant amounts of gasses in our atmosphere. This is due to the greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect is defined as “warming that results when the atmosphere traps heat radiating from Earth toward space,” according to NASA’s website.

This is a process that is mandatory for survival on Earth. The greenhouse effect keeps our planet warm by trapping the heat. Although, due to this process, if too much carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and water vapor are released into the atmosphere, then too much heat can be trapped which leads to global warming.

An abundant amount of these gasses are produced from burning fossil fuels, decomposition in landfills, biomass burning, and other factors. And due to the abundance of these gasses our planet can warm up. 

Something we can see change is more rainfall. According to NASA’s website, “warmer conditions will probably lead to more evaporation and precipitation overall, but individual regions will vary, some becoming wetter and others dryer.” 

A stronger greenhouse effect could result in the oceans warming, which can be seen through dying coral reefs. 

Another big factor harming our planet is land and water pollution. We see land pollution everyday mainly through garbage in public places like parks and on the side of the road. It’s obviously best to counter this by picking up the garbage and throwing it away appropriately, but why are we allowing the litter to occur in the first place?

According to Live Science.com, hazardous waste is “any liquid, solid or sludge waste that contain properties that are dangerous or potentially harmful to human health or the environment.” These hazardous wastes are produced from industries like mining, pesticide manufacturing and petroleum refining. Waste is also produced from our households.

We can counter the pollution in our air, in our oceans, and on our land in so many ways. We can all make a change for the better by making sure we throw away any waste we have and picking up after others. On a larger scale we can change by no longer using fossil fuels and using renewable energy. 

This can all change starting with Earth Day. Earth Day happens every year and shouldn’t be overlooked when it comes around. We need to carry on the message with us even after Earth Day. It should be used as a reminder to educate ourselves on saving the planet we call home.