The Date


Rising environmental concerns all over the world does give us a blurred picture of how brutally we all might die someday. Usage of cooling machines that emit CFCs and HFCs, transportation that gives out greenhouse gases, trees that are being felled for modular interiors, everything is scary. Hence, we should support Earth Day. Or wait, should we really?

Soon after “Earth Day” celebrations on 22nd April, this year, a few people here around questioned about the number of such days that actually exist on a calendar. By “such” days, it means, all those commemorative days that are used by various governments, organizations and groups to recognize, spread awareness about or celebrate them. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Earth Day, Poetry Day, Sparrow Day, Malaria Day, Youth Day… and the list goes on.  Well, as you can see, it’s a pretty huge list. But have you ever questioned why these days are recognized or celebrated at all?

Most of them believe that it is rather important to think about them at least once in a year than to ignore them completely. Yes, it’s just as loving your mother on a hot Sunday for constantly loving you for one whole year. Of course, it’s the same with fathers too. In order to slow down the pace of feminism’s invasion of “human” rights and to shush the Feminazis, Women’s Day has been created.  You should be already hearing the voices of some proud men saying, “Hey, women! It’s your day. Celebrate it but get back home before it gets dark, it’s not safe out there.” Then there’s Valentine’s Day when couples everywhere would be like, “Hey, there! I don’t know what this means, but I’m supposed to love you more today and I will. Let’s hang out!” This only explains how pathetic Earth Day could be.

Long, long ago, just in 1969, at a UNESCO conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of “peace.” It was supposed to be celebrated on 21st March 1970. A month later, a separate Earth Day was founded by US Senator Gaylord Nelson. About 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment; about 10% of the US population at that time participated in it. It eventually led to the formation of the US Environmental Protection Agency. Great effort was put into creation of this day and it earned worldwide recognition. Hence, the world has been celebrating April 22 as Earth Day. Wait, doesn’t it sound similar to World Environment Day (WED)? Well, it does but there’s some difference. WED, in a soft tone, says “Grow trees, do not harm other species, Save environment,” whereas Earth Day directly says, “Save Earth or die with it.”

Of course, we’ve been putting in great effort to save our Earth. There are many organizations that have been working really hard towards saving the planet along with the seven billion ignorant souls living on it. What’s the point of them striving so hard to achieve something that half of the world hardly has any idea about?

As long as we’re too lazy to get our vehicles pollution checked, we would not have any right to pass a comment on the city’s pollution. As long as we can do nothing but remain a spectator top the immense felling of trees, we cannot earn a right to complain about the rising temperatures everywhere. As long as we pledge to make a change, sitting comfortably in AC rooms, nothing will ever be changed –not until we go extinct. But we will celebrate Earth Day because none of us here want to die; not a brutal death, at least.


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