Earth Day Facts
Every year on April 22nd, Earth Day is commemorated in more than 192 nations across the globe. Earth Day is a day set aside to express support for environmental protection. In 1969, a UNESCO conference recommended that the inaugural Earth Day be celebrated on March 21st, 1970. Every year on April 22nd, the United States celebrates a different Earth Day. In 1990, this day was designated as Earth Day throughout the world. Many towns also celebrate Earth Week to show their support for environmental concerns.
Facts about Earth Day that are worth knowing:
Earth Day was originally observed in the United States on April 22, 1970.
The Earth Day Network is the organization in charge of organizing Earth Day throughout the world.
Senator Gaylord Nelson is credited with establishing Earth Day in the United States. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in honor of his efforts.
In 1990, Denis Hayes took Earth Day worldwide. Today, he claims that it is the world's biggest secular festival, with more than one billion people participating.
Twenty million Americans took part in peaceful protests to express their support for environmental change on the inaugural Earth Day in the United States.
In the United States, 2,000 colleges and institutions, as well as 10,000 elementary and secondary schools, took part in the inaugural Day.
On the inaugural Earth Day in New York City, the mayor closed Fifth Avenue and permitted the celebration to take place in Central Park.
Planting trees, collecting trash, cleaning up coral reefs, signing petitions, and preparing for a better environment and planet are some of the popular activities that people engage in on Earth Day.
Earth Day was renamed International Mother Earth Day by the United Nations in 2009.
Some towns and schools opt to observe Earth Week, giving them extra time to devote to educating and studying the environment.
On Earth Day 2012, more than 100,000 individuals in China rode their bicycles. This was done in order to conserve fuel and decrease CO2 emissions from cars.
On Earth Day 2011, the Earth Day Network in Afghanistan planted 28 million trees.
On Earth Day, they planted 100 kinds of rare orchids in Panama to avoid extinction.
Earth Day is significant in raising awareness of our effect on the environment and what may be done to mitigate it. The following are some of the statistics that are used to make the case for turning green: One aluminum can recycled saves enough energy to watch three hours of television. Recycling aluminum cans uses 90 percent less energy than manufacturing new ones. Every day, the typical individual discards approximately 4 pounds of trash. Each year, the typical individual consumes approximately 12 thousand gallons of water. Only 27% of newspapers in the United States are recycled. Every year, one quarter of a billion trees would be saved if they were completely recycled. Each year, 14,000,000,000 pounds of trash is dumped into the seas. Each year, plastic trash kills at least one million sea animals.
By 2010, as Earth Day celebrated its 40th anniversary, more than 1 billion individuals had participated in the event. More than 180 nations took part in the celebrations, and Facebook has become a popular means of disseminating information.