Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. The mission of this day is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide.
Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 75,000 partners in over 192 countries to drive positive action for our planet.
Earth Day 2021: History
As the name suggests, the day is dedicated to the earth and all the issues which plague it, and aims to raise awareness on the need for conservation. The formation of the day was a response to a specific environmental crisis when smog, polluted rivers, and oil spills lead to a fire in the United States. To protest against this, 20 million Americans from various walks of life walked on the streets on April 22, 1970, demonstrating against the indifferent attitude of people towards the planet, while demanding a way forward. Thus, the planet’s largest civic event started.
The day is also credited with contributing towards the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. Since then, over one billion people in around 192 countries mark the event by pledging their support. In 2016, April 22 was chosen as the day when Paris Agreement on climate change was signed, and history was made.
Earth Day 2021: Significance
Today, Earth Day is widely recognized as the largest secular observance in the world, marked by more than a billion people every year as a day of action to change human behavior and create global, national, and local policy changes.
Now, the fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate change become more and more apparent every day.
By tapping into some of the learnings, outcomes, and legacy of the first Earth Day, EARTHDAY.ORG is building a cohesive, coordinated, diverse movement, one that goes to the very heart of what EARTHDAY.ORG and Earth Day are all about — empowering individuals with the information, the tools, the messaging and the communities needed to make an impact and drive change.