Today is ‘Earth Day’ . Most of the news papers and radio channels are talking about rising pollution level, trees being uprooted, global warming and its adverse effects, and will repeat the same on June 5, which is celebrated as world environment day. From Valentine’s Day to Labour Day to Father, mother, sister days, all of them are highlighted and blown out of proportion by the media. There will be special discount offers going, contest running etc, which ultimately results in nothing but year marking one particular day for celebration or may be awareness. Well I am not being a cynic here, but do we actually need these days to remind us of our responsibilities as citizens of a country or the planet?
Infact big corporates and organization make use of these days as they know for a fact that any initiative launched on this day will interest the media and will be written about. But sometimes it turns out beneficial to the society at large. For example corporate giants like Wipro, Infosys, Dell etc are doing their bit in contributing to the environment by reducing carbon foot prints, planting trees, encouraging employees to save paper etc, which are definitely fantastic initiatives and should be appreciated.
But I believe if each and every one of us contribute in our own little way, it will surely make a difference. Like every drop in the ocean makes it a difference, our small contributions like avoiding usage of plastic bags when we go shopping, not littering the surroundings and inculcating the same in our kids, walking to close -by places instead of driving down, controlling wastage of paper etc. We do not need specific days to be reminded about keeping our planet earth green. Together we can definitely make a difference for ourselves and for the next generation.