In conjunction with Earth Day 2011, Langkawi Coral organised a reef clean-up activity at Pulau Payar Marine Park on 23 April 2011. The project was carried out in cooperation with Project Aware. Joining the reef clean-up were Langkawi Coral staff and volunteers.
Earth Day is a day to celebrate the environment. It is a day to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. The first Earth Day was held on 22 April 1970, a result of the efforts of United States Senator, Gaylord Nelson, a passionate advocate of environmental issues. The first Earth Day was organised to promote the ideas of ecology, encourage respect for life on earth, and highlight growing concern over water, air and soil pollution.
As a Senator at that time, Nelson hoped to impress upon fellow politicians that humans have a huge impact on the environment and he tried to persuade the Congress to establish an environmental agenda. However, he faced numerous obstacles and resistance. Nelson then appealed to the public and designated 22 April as a “national day for the environment”. Under Nelson’s tireless effort, more than 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day, prompting other politicians to take notice.
The response from fellow Americans helped generate a new political focus on the environment. Denis Hayes, the original national coordinator in 1970, launched an organization to introduce Earth Day globally in 1990. Earth Day is now coordinated by the Earth Day Network and is observed in more than 175 countries every year. In 2009, the United Nations designated 22 April as International Mother Earth Day.
The establishment of Earth Day plays an influential role in inspiring people and corporations to conserve resources and protect the environment by ‘going green’. Increased awareness about the dangers of global warming and the need for environment conservation resulted in more and more corporations and individuals joining the ‘going green’ effort.
Many companies are now encouraging employees to use less paper, carpooling and using green materials. Many tour operators around the world are also promoting green tourism. Governments in many countries are focusing on environment conservation as an important part in legislation making. Other than that, many individuals around the world are also doing their parts by practicing ‘green’ activities in their daily lives.
Langkawi Coral is proud to have organised this marine conservation activity in conjunction with Earth Day 2011. This Dive for Earth Day project not only helped to protect marine life in Pulau Payar, it also helped us to understand more about the marine environment around the island. We believe that every individual needs to contribute to environment conservation. It is our responsible to protect the earth from further destruction so that our future generations will have the opportunity to experience the wonders and beauty of Mother Earth.