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Earth Day continues to bring light to global environmental issues

Posted at 9:18 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 00:18:11-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV)  — Earth Day is annually April 22, and 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the day as several environmental topics continue to lead the discussion on a global level amid the pandemic.

In other years, Earth Day celebrations could be seen throughout Nevada, with kids and adults enjoying several activities while learning how to take care of the planet. But COVID-19 measurements put a stop to most events.

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Currently, most parks are not entirely open, but the trails and public areas remain accessible with proper social distancing

"We can still find nature everywhere, from the birds in the air to the different blooms. There's so much color right now, and we want people to enjoy it safely", said Almendra Johnson of Get Outdoor Nevada.

Also, improvement in Nevada's air quality has been reported with fewer cars on the road amid the business closures.

"Transportation is the number one source of greenhouse gas emission, and the way we are currently operating during the stay-at-home ordeal helps to reduce the emissions in the short-term," said Kristen Avery, policy coordinator with Nevada State Climate.

However, the concentration of emissions are so high in the atmosphere; it could still lead to temperature increases in Nevada.

"In Nevada, climate change means warmer temperatures, more wildfires in the north and drought," said Jasmine Vazin, conservation coordinator with the Sierra Club Toiyabe Chapter.

Environmentalists agree that the public needs to take action when it comes to climate change.

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"Be more conscious of your consumption and impact at home. Get reusable towels instead of paper ones, use natural and eco-friendly products, and drive less, thrift shop, Vazin said. "Many people think those small individual changes don't matter, but if you have millions of people making small changes, it really adds up to a massive impact."

Reducing your water and energy consumption can also be done by turning off the water faucet when washing your hands, turning lights off when leaving a room, or turning up the air conditioning temperature.

More information can also be found through the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources office.