When is Earth Day 2022: Earth Day is widely recognized and celebrated every year on April 22, 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 provoke policy changes.
The first Earth Day in 1970 launched a wave of action, including the passage of landmark environmental laws in the United States. The Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts were created in response to the first Earth Day in 1970, as well as the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Many countries soon adopted similar laws. Earth Day continues to hold major international significance: In 2016, the United Nations chose Earth Day as the day when the historic Paris Agreement on climate change was signed into force.
Although the theme for Earth Day 2022 has yet to be announced, it’s expected that this year will continue to focus on the effects of climate change on the planet that we all share.
Meanwhile, keep it here for the official word, along with ideas for enacting change and volunteering centered around this year’s theme.
Significance of Earth Day
Earth Day is marked on April 22 since 1970. The day is commemorated every year to highlight environmental issues like loss of biodiversity, increasing pollution among others.
Activities to celebrate Earth Day
Earth Day is celebrated by planting trees, picking up roadside trash, conducting various programs to motivate people to adopt ways for sustainable living.
In order to spread awareness among children, programs at school, institutional levels are conducted on this day, but like last year, this year too, all events will be held on virtual platform.
US President Joe Biden will be hoisting the Global Climate Summit on April 22-23. Leaders of the 40 nations including those demonstrating strong climate leadership, vulnerable to global warming, or following ground-breaking approaches to a net-zero economy and the leaders of the big energy-consuming nations like India, China, and Russia, is also likely to attend the meet.
Earth Day activity ideas-
Although this year continues to limit how groups can participate in Earth Day 2022, there are several ways to celebrate at home or your backyard using the concepts of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”.
- In the backyard, choose a good location for a compost pile. Start recycling coffee grounds, egg shells, and scraps of food to decompose and to ultimately enrich your garden for the upcoming growing season.
- For a families who quarantine together, take a weekend morning to scour the neighborhood for discarded plastics, cans, and bottles for a personal cleanup project that will help the entire community. If you live in a coastal area, this is especially important in helping to protect ocean wildlife.
DID YOU KNOW? Earth Day fun facts-
- Exceeding all expectations, 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day observance in 1970. Celebrations effectively stopped traffic in New York City when 20,000 people packed Union Square to see Hollywood actor Paul Newman and hear a speech by New York City Mayor John Lindsay, who arrived on an electric bus.
- John McConnell was the creator of the first Earth Day Flag. His design was inspired when he saw the first picture of the Earth, later dubbed “The Blue Marble”, printed in Life magazine.
- Throughout the 1970’s, Earth Day observances eventually led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
- Today, Earth Day is the largest secular holiday in the world, with more than 500 million people taking part in 174 countries around the world.
- Google has celebrated Earth day with animated doodles on its home page since 2001.
Famous quotes on Earth day-
The earth has music for those who listen- William Shakespeare
When the wells dry, we know the worth of water- Benjamin Franklin
He that plants trees loves others besides himself- Thomas Fuller
I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we can use- Mother Teresa
The Earth is what we all have in common -Wendell Berry