Various voluntary organisations and social activists in Hyderabad are taking initiatives to raise awareness and preserve natural resources on Earth Day 2023. This year’s theme is ‘Invest your Planet,’ and many schools celebrated on Friday by highlighting the need to take small steps towards positive changes in the world. Environmental enthusiasts believe that Earth Day is significant in drawing attention to the need for environmental protection, given the rapid rise of environmental degradation due to global warming and habitat destruction. Members of all walks of life come together to express their love for the planet and raise awareness about important environmental issues.
Sriram Reddy, a member of Hyderabad Birding Pals, is hosting a half-day celebration of nature on Sunday, which includes a tree-planting activity in the world’s largest Miyawaki forest. The event will also feature a photo exhibition showcasing nature’s beauty and its conservation by 50 invited photographers. Sangeeta Varma, Vice President of Society to Save Rocks, emphasised the importance of conserving rocks as they play a vital role in ecological balance. The Society is exhibiting stunning rock photographs shot by its members at Lamakaan from April 25 to April 27, to raise awareness among people.
Uday Krishna, founder of Vata Foundation, emphasised the importance of preserving green cover, as trees are being chopped down for road expansion purposes. Krishna also stressed the need for awareness among people and highlighted the state government’s initiative in planting saplings. However, he noted that more needs to be done, as temperatures continue to rise every year.
Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 when a United States senator from Wisconsin organized a national demonstration to raise awareness about environmental issues. Rallies took place across the country and, by the end of the year, the U.S. government had created the Environmental Protection Agency.