By; Sadia Khalid
Each year, Earth Day is celebrated on 22nd April for protecting the environment by shutting off the appliances, planting trees, reducing plastic waste, protecting forests, wildlife and try to convince others that how to take care of beloved planet. Around 190 countries and 1 billion individuals mobilized together for actions on this memorable day which was first celebrated in 1970s in United Stated of America. This year, whole world is preparing to celebrate its 50th Earth Day with theme of Climate Action and observing social distancing due to Corona Pandemic. As, this day goes digital, so experts from worldwide come on digital platforms to talk about the solution to climate change are also the paths to a safer, healthier, cleaner and more prosperous future for all. To implement the actions, we need young blood to with sharp and sustained focus on education, training and public awareness in all countries and at all levels of government, society and private enterprises.
Young people are one of the largest demographics in the world — approximately one billion youth roam the globe today. Climate change education is now a necessary foundation in order to tackle the complex issue of climate change,global warming, biodiversity and deforestation. So, we need young leaders with the skills, knowledge, and passion to push for innovate solutions.
Young people can play an active role in protecting and improving the environment. They can change their lifestyle and how it affects the environment. They can make their homes, schools and youth organizations more environmentally friendly by adopting environmentally friendly practices, recycling of different materials as well as preserving resources such as water and electricity. Engaging youth in environmental protection not only creates direct impact on changing youth behaviors and attitudes, but possibly influence their parents, relatives and ultimately society.
Unfortunately, today youth don’t realize their strengths and potentials, mostly are busy in useless activities, drug addiction or craze of social media platforms which are just wasting their time. They have no vision nor leadership. There is a dire need of the teacher’s training of climate education in schools, colleges and universities so that they can sensitize the students to come forward with actions for making the sustainable and green environment. The environmental societies at schools, colleges and universities plays important and activerole play for initiating grass root activism in environmental and forest, water conservation efforts that will improve livelihoods. We have only one planet which is providing all the necessary resources for human beings to survive and prosper. But as the global population grows and develops, the demand for energy and consumer goods increases. This has led to increased pollution and misuse of natural resources, causing great damage to the environment. Today, many experts speak about and promoting sustainable/greener cities without putting too much strain on the environment.
Engaging youth in organized efforts with proper awareness and training programs are effects ways to promote environmental sustainability. It is high time for youth to analyses their needs and decide what are their true priorities are as we have plenty of resources. It is their responsibility to take steps for the changeas progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
“Let’s Vow together to prove ourselves as responsible members of the community”
Inspiring Youth to Take Actions for EarthDay
By; Sadia Khalid