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Today is the 49th edition of International Earth Day — a global event with over a billion people from 192 countries participating in what has come to be the single-largest day of action in the world.
Over the decades, global issues like climate change, deforestation, loss of habitats, wildlife trafficking and illegal poaching, unsustainable agricultural practices, pollution and pesticides have led to a lot of detrimental changes to the planet. There had been an unprecedented scale of loss to the diversity of plant and wildlife directly linked to these causes. And while some of those changes are part of the cyclical changes that the planet goes through long-term, there is the undeniable role of human hands in driving the far-reaching impacts of climate change.
Worldwide, Earth Day is a cause for political action and civic participation where people march, sign petitions, plant trees, clean up towns and roads to accelerate work towards conservation and sustainability. Also celebrating the day's significance are corporations, governments and faith leaders.
Happy Earth Day, Earthlings! Image courtesy: Goodnet.org
Here are some of the ways people from India and around the world are celebrating this day of action.
Some other stories in our Earth Day 2019 series:
Earth Day 2019: Restored forests are often poor replacements for natural habitat
Earth Day 2019: AI has a huge role to play in fulfilling sustainable development goals
Earth Day 2019: To solve the climate change crisis, we need a Global Deal for Nature