What is World Earth Day 2017 and why is it celebrated?
On January 28, 1969, a drilling-induced crack in the Santa Barbara Channel released more than 3 million tonnes of crude oil into the water. This oil spill event led to ecological imbalance and became the cause of widespread anger and frustration among the Americans. One year later, on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans gathered across the country to raise awareness for environmental issues – World Earth Day was born. The chief architect for the environmental movement was the former US senator Gaylord Nelson.
Does the above-mentioned event bring back the morbid memories of Bhopal gas tragedy? To me, it does! Technology has made it convenient for us to live, work and interact but it has its own problems too! History testifies that Technology has adversely affected the Mother Earth. This is visible in the form of climate change in the following ways:
- Global Warming
- Rising Sea levels
- Melting glaciers
- Increased Greenhouse gas emissions
- Increasing carbon footprint
- Unpredictable rains and weather patterns
- Drying up wetlands (Read our post on World Wetlands day)
- Lower agricultural yields
To take cognizance of the symptoms of Climate change, the global leaders had declared their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) at the UNFCCC Paris conference in December 2015. India made its intentions clear and its INDC’s were considered ambitious and inspiring for the other developed and developing nation.
Though India was forthcoming in adopting new technologies and phase out the ones that increase carbon footprint but other countries that are responsible for much of the Greenhouse gas emissions were not found as inspired as India.
How can we save our Mother Earth?
This year, India celebrated the World Earth day with the theme, ‘Environment and Climate Literacy’. So, the question is how can you and I save the Mother Earth. I understand that summers are already here and you’ll be heading to a hill station to relax. However, there are reports of unsustainable tourism practices in the Himalayan states by tourists like us. We pollute the environment, litter in the open, defecate in the open, use plastic bags to dispose of the garbage etc. These are highly undesirable practices and must be discouraged by everyone who witnesses such activities.
In the months of October, one would like to visit the beaches of Goa and Andaman and Nicobar islands. Over there, there has been widespread coral bleaching and poor quality of sea water. Much of the sorry state of affairs can be attributed to unsustainable tourism practices.
How can you contribute to World Earth Day 2017?
In line with the ethos of World Earth Day and with a view to conserve Earth’s limited natural resources, let us resolve to do the following:
- Plant a tree sapling
- Use local transport and stay in a local arrangement as much as possible. This could mean living in a hut or a nature resort. I am sure your initial uneasiness would give way to pleasure once you learn the way to live. This helps you reduce your carbon footprint and put minimal pressure on the limited resources of a tourist destination.
- Car pool to office with your neighbours/colleagues
- Recycle old materials and reuse them
- Stop using plastic bags
Is BnBNation heping conserve natural resources in line with World Earth Day 2017?
We aggregate Bed and Breakfast/Homestay rooms that are not only economical and value for money but also not a burden on the city’s limited carrying capacity. This is because, unlike a hotel which has scores of hotel rooms and each room is accompanied by lights, fans, AC, Heater cooler etc. Just imagine the huge consumption of electricity, water, oil each night! This leads to the considerable burden on the limited carrying capacity and exploitation of natural resources.
On the other hand, Homestays consume much fewer resources like water and electricity because the material resources are being tapped. Due to its USP, Bed and Breakfast rooms bring people closer to each other and foster cultural exchange among from different parts of the Mother Earth. (Here are other reasons why Bed and Breakfasts are better than a hotel)
Isn’t Bed and Breakfast the responsible way to stay?
I have shared with you the history and significance of World Earth Day 2017 and hope that you would follow the required steps to live and travel in a sustainable and responsible manner!