Earth Day – Date, History, Facts and Celebrations

Earth Day - Date, History, Facts and Celebrations

What Is Earth Day And Why It Is Celebrated

What Is Earth Day?

Earth Dayis an annual event that is globally celebrated every year on the 22nd of April. Founded by American senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, the day is organized to support the cause for environmental protection and is all about appreciating the uniqueness of our planet Earth along with its unbelievable biodiversity. Presently, the day is the largest secular observance in the world and people from different culture, communities and social backgrounds stand in solidarity to acknowledge the beautiful interdependent relationship that coexists between all the species of planet Earth.

Facts And History Of Earth Day

History Of Earth Day

In 1969, a US senator from Wisconsin named Gaylord Nelson witnessed an impactful student anti-war movement after the incident of the massive oil spill in Santa Barbara. He was so motivated by the whole event that it made him realise a significant fact, why not channel and infuse this same energy with the emerging public consciousness regarding air and water pollution in order to support and protect the environment and embrace it into the national political agenda. Hence, in the year 1970, Nelson decided on a date between spring break and final exams that was April 22 and marked it as the International Earth Day, where 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to participate in massive protests and rallies against the deterioration of the environment. Interestingly, this venture received support from both the Republicans and the Democrats which was a rare political alliance. Amongst the various earth day facts, you will be glad to know that it is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world and the year 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. As of now, more than 1 billion people from 193 countries orchestrate various events to demonstrate the cause of environmental protection, coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.

When Is Earth Day 2019?

International Mother Earth Day 2019 will be celebrated all across the world on Monday, April 22nd 2019.

Earth Day 2019 Theme

Every year the Earth Day Network proposes a theme that focuses on a particular environmental issue. The theme for this year’s World Earth Day is “Protect Our Species”. The primary endeavour behind this idea is to rescue and protect several species that are on the verge of extinction because of factors like climate change, human-wildlife conflict, deforestation, genetic vulnerability, pollution and illegal poaching. Habitat loss has made a number of endangered spices shift from one place to another and if the phenomenon continues then eventually it will lead to their complete disappearance in few years down the line.

Activities You Can Do On Earth Day

Activities on earth day

1. Go On A Hike To Experience “The Beauty Of Nature”

Amidst the humdrum of city life, one hardly gets some quality time to spend and explore nature in all its raw glory. Take a short hike or opt for a camping trip to get back in touch with the Earth’s rhythms and observe how rejuvenated and refreshing the whole experience makes you feel. Moreover, hiking also acts as a powerful cardio workout and can help to boost bone density. So without wasting any more time, call up your gang and plan an outing ASAP!

2. Donate To A Charity

Contributing and donating to support a cause that you truly believe in is known to offer a positive impact on your immediate surroundings as well as makes you feel better about yourself. So, this Earth Day, why not clear your room and check your overstuffed closet to find clothes and things that you haven’t worn or used for years. Gather such stuffs and give it to your local charity or distribute them amongst people who need them. This will not only help to lightening your load but is sure to bring a smile to the faces of so many people.

3. Plant A Tree

Plant a tree

Trees are known as the source of life due to their contribution in not only cleansing and detoxifying the environment by providing oxygen and improving air quality but they also help in climate amelioration, preservation of soil, conservation water, and they also play a key role in supporting wildlife. This Earth Day take a small initiative in making the earth green by planting a tree in your lawn or garden. You can also sow a cute little sapling in a pot and place it your balcony if gardening feels like a big deal for you.

4. Volunteer For Local Earth Day Events

Volunteering for various Earth Day events that happen to take place in areas around you is an excellent way to celebrate the world’s largest environmental movement in its true essence. A lot of NGOs, independent activists, clubs as well as governing bodies coordinate events such as local restoration projects, cleaning up rivers, reinstating bird habitats and other suitable programs where people take part and share their mutual love for protecting the environment. You can also contact the Earth Day organizers or look for such opportunities online to get more information about numerous Earth Day events.

5. Organise A Green Party

The concept of green party is a relatively modern and innovative approach. It feels similar to any house party where you call up your friends, family or colleague, hang out with them, eat lots of good wholesome food and make merry. The only point of difference is that the topic of discussion revolves around eco-conscious living and how you can contribute as a community in making the Earth a better place to live. So, on this International Mother Earth Day take out your favourite green mates and your biodegradable silverware, brew some organic beer and tons of beautiful memories.

6. Participate In Community Gardening

gardening

For people who don’t have an idea what community gardening actually means, just know that it’s lots of fun and loads of good bonding. Community gardening activities allows the opportunity for people belonging from diverse backgrounds to come together and collectively contribute in the cultivation of a variety of vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers. In case you don’t have a lawn of your own, look for communal gardens or rooftop gardens and get ready to roll up your sleeves and dig up some earth.

7. Voice Your Opinions To The Government Representatives

Inspired by the spirit and history of Earth Day, consider this occasion a great excuse to pen down your thoughts regarding various environmental issues and send it to the governing authorities. Everyone has their own personal grievances like a person is going through drinking water crisis in their area and someone else is a victim of industrial pollution. No matter how trivial or magnanimous the problem is, mail a letter to the government representative on Earth Day to ensure that your voice is heard.

8. Educate People And Raise Awareness

It falls under each and every individual’s responsibility to develop an awareness about the protection and preservation of our environment. Sadly, a lot of people deliberately avoid this duty without any concern or guilt and abuse the gifts presented to us by The Mother Nature. You can organize a fascinating educative session in schools and local clubs to encourage young kids in order to make them conscious of how to opt for more efficient use of energy. Promoting environmental realization can also be done by setting up peaceful demonstrations in association with various social groups to highlight the importance of Earth Day.

9. Create Art From Recycled Materials

art from recycled materials

Recycling and reusing objects to create attractive pieces of contemporary art can be an exciting activity, especially for kids. It not only helps to make everyday trash into creative treasures but puts forward a clear message about the importance of recycling in our daily life. So, wake up the inner artist in you and gather things like extra buttons, used bottles, jars and cans, damaged tiles, fabric leftover, old colorful articles, CDs and DVDs, corks and pieces of yarn to prepare an interesting collage of things that can be used for a variety of decorative work.

10. Turn Vegetarian For The Day

Although going vegetarian for a day cannot be really considered as one of the earth day activities but it is definitely a healthy practice that can make a staggering difference. Did you know that the process of raising beef involves the use of harmful pesticides that not only impact your health and well-being but are also the major contributors to the emission of greenhouse gases! So, this year on Earth Day gorge on a plate of the delicious vegetarian meal and be ready to be surprised because of its incredible taste. For people who have been vegetarian or vegan for a long time, you guys are already winning!

Earth Day Quotes And Slogans

Earth Day Quotes and slogans

1. “Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.”
—John Ruskin

2. “He that plants trees love others besides himself.”
—Thomas Fuller

3. “One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be broken.”
—Leo Tolstoy

4. “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.”
—Jane Goodall

5. “Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.”
—Jimmy Carter

6. “Away, away, from men and towns,
To the wild wood and the downs, —
To the silent wilderness,
Where the soul need not repress its music.”
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

7. “The environment is where we all meet; where we all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.”
—Lady Bird Johnson

8. “Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.”
—George Washington Carver

9. “To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.”
—Helen Keller

10. “The Earth is what we all have in common.”
—Wendell Berry

11. “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”
—Franklin D. Roosevelt

12. “The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.”
—John Paul II

13. “Trees are Earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.”

—Rabindranath Tagore

14. “If we are ever to halt climate change and conserve land, water and other resources, not to mention reduce animal suffering, we must celebrate Earth Day every day — at every meal.”

—Ingrid Newkirk

15. “Time spent among trees is never time wasted.”

—Anonymous

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Shreoshi Mitra
Hello everyone, this is Shreoshi from the cultural capital of India, Kolkata. Well, I have been associated with the content and creative writing for more than a year now after I completed my post-graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication last year (2018). While doing my graduation as an English honour’s student, I fell in love with the subject both literally and metaphorically. As a matter of fact, I recently started teaching a bunch of kids as well, because why not! There’s no harm in spreading a little knowledge right! Writing started as hobby-cum-passion which should become a profession for me. It gives me an immense sense of freedom and helps to channelize my thoughts well. Writing for Anveya has opened up new horizons for me as I realised my articles regarding personal care, home care, and wellness can influence someone’s perception and way of thinking. While a lot of people wanted me to take up political science as my major because I was one of the top scorers in the city, I always believed that creativity and art is where my heart belongs… and it really feels good to know that I was right from the beginning.

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