“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
Around 4 billion years ago, simple organic molecules began to form under the blanket of hydrogen, which eventually linked up to form RNA, and life became part of a beautiful planet called Earth. Gradually, geological processes reshaped the face of the Earth, and today, we are where we are. We were lucky enough to receive a healthy Earth from the previous generation. We were privileged enough to be able to enjoy all the benefits that this planet had to offer. And now, it is our responsibility to ensure that we do not fail to deliver the same.
Nelson Mandela started Earth Day after seeing the environmental damage of an oil spill in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. Inspired by student anti-Vietnam War protests, he organized a national “teach-in” on college campuses that focused on educating the public about the environment. The first Earth Day marked a monumental change and brought Earth to everybody’s agenda. And this year, we celebrate the world’s 53rd Earth Day. Climate issues still continue, and so do our efforts to make a difference.
Sony BBC Earth delivered an eye-opening message on this earth day. They made 3 short animated films that hit home for everybody at the very first watch. The campaign uses dark humour to convey the sad reality of this planet. How polar bears swim so far in search of glaciers, a funeral deep underwater, and an elephant talking to us from the camera of a wildlife photographer, form the premises of these films.
Our choices have withered away the lives of way too many innocents. Lives that are just as important as ours. The habitats of so many are vanishing under the weight of our actions. Every plastic bottle that we see floating on the ocean tells us a story of suffering that has been silenced many feet below the surface of the earth.