Earth Day is an annual event held on the 22nd of April to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day continues to grow as a worldwide phenomenon focusing on promoting clean living and a healthy, sustainable habitat for people and wildlife alike.
Celebrating Earth Day serves as a conscious reminder of how fragile our planet is and how important it is to protect.
How it all began:
Earth Day dates back to April 22nd, 1970, when Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, an ardent conservationist, started giving ‘Teach-Ins’ at the University of Washington about the environment. An interested student called Denis Hayes spoke with Nelson, asking how he could get involved and help. This lead to Hayes becoming a national coordinator setting up ‘Teach-Ins’ across the US.
Earth Day became an international campaign in 1990 when environmental activists asked Denis Hayes to help create another event to highlight the ecological challenges facing our planet.
What it means today:
Earth Day is designed to shine a light on the serious environmental problems we are currently facing, from deforestation, rising sea levels, and climate crisis. This Earth Day 2021, we have an important opportunity to challenge our leaders to commit to climate action on a global scale.
The theme this year is ‘Restore Our Earth’ which focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore our ecosystems.
How to get involved:
It is up to each one of us to restore our earth, not just because we care about the natural world, but because we live on it.
There are thousands of events taking place this Earth Day 2021, both online and in person. To find out what is happening in your local area, check out this handy little map that outlines key events near you.
Organizers have also created a helpful toolkit to help you get involved, ranging from organizing a clean-up or taking part in one, shrinking your carbon footprint with environmentally friendly recipes, and organizing a teach-in.
There will also be a live-streamed event that will include workshops, panel discussions, and a series of guest appearances. You can join the live stream here.
We all need a healthy Earth to support our jobs, livelihoods, health & survival, and happiness. A healthy planet is not an option — it is a necessity.
Together, we have the power to Restore Our Earth.