Earth Day

Next Saturday, 22 April 2023

Earth Day is celebrated internationally on April 22. It is a day to educate people about the issues affecting the planet and to raise awareness for and celebrate the efforts in place to protect the environment.

As a global observance, it sometimes extends to a week-long celebration, named Earth Week, and the celebrations are coordinated by the Earth Day Network across 193 countries.

It is not a public holiday, so businesses and schools remain open.

History of Earth Day

Senator Gaylord Nelson (former senator and governor in Wisconsin) is credited with creating Earth Day in 1970 when he mobilized students to protest and demonstrate against air and water pollution. There were rallies and other events across the whole country, these pushed environmental issues into the public eye, and political agenda for perhaps the first time in America.

In 1990 there was a large 20th anniversary celebration of the first Earth Day, this was an international celebration with people from over 140 countries taking part in official parades, marches and activities. From this point onwards Earth Day grew and expanded into a global phenomenon.

Between 1990 and 2010 people continued to celebrate earth day in national events and locally organized activities. In 2010, the 40th anniversary of the original earth day, nations came together to coordinate larger events, including a large rally in Washington DC.

Observing Earth Day

Every year Earth Day has a theme, this year (2022) that theme is 'Invest In Our Planet', and the focus will be on how businesses can show responsibility and leadership in preventing climate change.

There are many national events including festivals, parades and initiatives such as recycling drives organized by local government, charities, schools and private companies. Other activities include tree planting, trash collecting and petitioning the government for change.

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Earth Day - Next years

Monday, 22 April 2024

Tuesday, 22 April 2025

Wednesday, 22 April 2026

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