Earth Day is celebrated annually on the 22nd of April around the world. It is a global awareness day where education institutions, charities, artists, government and environmental groups produce a variety of events aiming to raise awareness and demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Day has been running since 1970 and it is estimated that each year it engages over 1 billion people in more than 193 countries around the globe.
Earth Day timeline…
1970 – The first Earth Day, launched by a junior senator from Wisconsin, mobilises 20 million Americans to call for increased protections for our planet.
1990 – Earth Day goes global. This gave a huge boost to global recycling efforts and helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
2000 – Earth Day leverages the power of digital media to build millions of local conversations across more than 180 countries.
Today – Earth Day is widely recognised as the largest secular observance in the world, marked by more than a billion people every year as a day of action to change human behaviour and create global, national and local policy changes.
All of the events being held around the world can be found on the Earth Day website. Many are being held virtually this year due to the pandemic, meaning there are even more opportunities to join without having to leave your living room. You can even register your own event for people to attend! Why not take a look and see if there’s anything that you’d like to learn a bit more about?