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Happy Earth Day!

22 April

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Here are some fun and interesting facts about Earth Day:

  1. First Earth Day: Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. It was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, USA, as a way to raise awareness about environmental issues and inspire action to protect the planet.
  2. Global Movement: Earth Day has since become a global phenomenon, with more than 190 countries participating in various activities and events to promote environmental sustainability and conservation.
  3. Billion Acts of Green: In 2010, for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the Earth Day Network launched the “Billion Acts of Green” campaign. The goal was to encourage individuals, organizations, and governments around the world to take concrete actions to reduce their environmental impact. By the end of the campaign, over 75,000,000 acts of green had been registered.
  4. Symbolic Date: April 22 was chosen as the date for Earth Day because it falls between spring break and final exams in the northern hemisphere, making it a convenient time for college students to participate in environmental activities.
  5. Focus on Climate Change: In recent years, Earth Day has increasingly focused on addressing climate change, one of the most pressing environmental challenges facing the planet. The theme for Earth Day 2021, for example, was “Restore Our Earth,” highlighting the need for collective action to combat climate change and restore ecosystems.
  6. Record-Breaking Events: Earth Day often sees record-breaking events and initiatives aimed at promoting environmental awareness. For example, in 2012, more than 100,000 people rode bicycles in China to reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainable transportation, setting a Guinness World Record for the largest bicycle parade.
  7. Earth Day Every Day: While Earth Day is officially celebrated on April 22 each year, many organizations and individuals advocate for making every day Earth Day by adopting sustainable practices, reducing waste, conserving energy, and advocating for environmental policies and regulations.
  8. Digital Engagement: In recent years, Earth Day celebrations have increasingly embraced digital platforms and social media to engage people around the world. Online campaigns, virtual events, and social media challenges have helped to amplify the message of environmental protection and reach a wider audience.

These fun facts highlight the significance and global impact of Earth Day as a catalyst for environmental action and awareness.

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