It’s Earth Day!

Earth Day is celebrated every year on the 22nd of April. The idea behind celebrating this day is to raise awareness about a wide range of environmental issues and problems. The aim is to inspire people to take interest in addressing these issues. The first Earth Day celebration took place on March 21, 1970. It was the idea of John McConnell, a newspaper publisher and influential community activist, who proposed the idea of a global holiday called Earth Day at a UNESCO Conference on the Environment in 1969.

This day is usually celebrated with outdoor performances, where individuals or groups perform acts of service to earth. Typical ways of observing Earth Day include planting trees, picking up roadside trash, conducting various programs for recycling and conservation, using recyclable containers for snacks and lunches. Some people are encouraged to sign petitions to governments, calling for stronger or immediate action to stop global warming and to reverse environmental destruction.

Quick Facts» Earth Day first began on April 22, 1970
» Sen. Gaylord Nelson, a Democrat from Wisconsin, came up with the idea for Earth Day in 1969
» By 1990, Earth Day was celebrated across the globe by 10 times as many people – 200 million

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