Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EARTHDAY.ORG including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries.
In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace. A month later the United States Senator Gaylord Nelson proposed the idea to hold a nationwide environmental teach-in on April 22, 1970. He hired a young activist, Denis Hayes, to be the National Coordinator. Nelson and Hayes renamed the event "Earth Day". Denis and his staff grew the event beyond the original idea for a teach-in to include the entire United States. More than 20 million people poured out on the streets, and the first Earth Day remains the largest single-day protest in human history.
An estimated one billion people around the world took action for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2010. More than 200 elected officials in more than 39 countries took part in active dialogues with their constituents about their efforts to create sustainable green economies and reduce their carbon footprints. Students around the world participated in school greenings, featuring community clean-ups, solar energy systems, school gardens, and environmental curriculum. In partnership with the Peace Corps, Earth Day Network worked with local volunteers to implement environmental and civic education programs, tree plantings, village clean-ups, and recycling seminars in rural areas in Ukraine, the Philippines, Georgia, Albania, and Kolkata, India.
Earth Day 2020 featured programs on education, faith, plastic cleanup, citizen science, reforestation, conservation, food and agriculture, art, green cities and voter mobilization. Acting both globally and locally, Earth Day followers worked to spread climate literacy, end plastic pollution, adopt plant-based diets, preserve biodiversity, and reforest the earth. Through social media, Earth Day participants joined digital events and shared their support. Over 100 million people around the world observed the 50th anniversary in what is being referred to as the largest online mass mobilization in history.
Earth Day 2021
According to the official website, the theme for Earth Day 2021 is 'Restore Our Earth', which focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world's ecosystems. Here, we bring you some ideas on how to safely celebrate it.
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