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An appeal from the Director of Environment in view of the Earth Day 2012

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An appeal from the Director of Environment in view of the Earth Day 2012

      Inspired by the student anti-war movement, Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. As a result, on the 22nd of April 1969, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thus from 1970 onwards, this day was observed as the Earth Day.

    As 1990 approached, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. Earth Day 1990 gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide and helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

     As our Earth is now facing the severe threat of Global warming, immediate steps have to be taken to protect the Earth. Global warming is caused by the emission of greenhouse gases. 72% of the totally emitted greenhouse gases is carbon dioxide (CO2), 18% Methane and 9% Nitrous oxide (NOx). Carbon dioxide emissions therefore are the most important cause of global warming.

     Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu is the Pioneer in creating Environmental awareness. Tamil Nadu National Green Corps has been launched in 8000 schools located in 32 districts at 250 schools per district. The main objectives of this programme is to create awareness about their immediate environment and impart knowledge about the eco-systems, their inter-dependence and their need for survival, through visits and demonstrations and to mobilise youngsters by instilling in them the spirit of scientific inquiry into environmental problems and involving them in the efforts of environmental preservation.

    As the 42 Anniversary of Earth Day has come, we appeal to you to put into practice the following steps to protect our Earth.