Every year, April 22 is observed as the Earth Day to show support and draw people’s attention on environmental protection. The first Earth Day was observed in the year 1970 owing to the oil spill incident caused in the United States. At international level, Earth Day was formally introduced in the year 1990 by Denis Hayes.
He was the official coordinator of Earth Day in 1970 and organized events related to this day in 141 nations in the year 1990. Currently this day is observed by one billion people in more than 193 countries. Details about the Earth Day in 2024 can be found here from this article.
Earth Day 2024 Date
|April 22, 2024
|Planet vs. Plastics
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Earth Day History & Nomenclature
An incident happened on January 28, 1969 when a well drilled by Union Oil Platform A blew and spewed three million gallons of oil on the coast of Santa Barbara, California. More than 10,000 seabirds, dolphins, seals, and sea lions were killed as a result of this incident.
This incident attracted the sight of environmental activists all around the world and Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin was inspired to observe a day dedicated to the earth. Denis Hayes thus organized the first Earth Day in the year 1970 as national environmental teach-in.
The name environmental teach-in was not much effective in gathering national attention and Denis Hayes felt the need for taking up a new name. One volunteer, Julian Koenig, came up with ideas for names and campaign ads like Ecology Day, Environment Day, Earth Day and E Day. He said his favorite was Earth Day as it rhymes with birthday and Koenig had his birthday on 22nd April. Thus the name Earth Day was adopted.
Significance of Earth Day
Earth Day is celebrated every year to remind people that it is Earth that provides as an ecosystem and atmosphere to live in and it is important that we care for it like it cares for us.
The main aim of this day is to raise public awareness about the challenges the planet is facing and what we can do to make its condition better.
How to celebrate Earth Day?
There are many ways in which individuals can contribute towards Mother Earth and celebrate the Earth Day. Check out some cool ideas below. Not just on Earth Day but practices should be carried out everyday for protection of our planet.
- Practice three Rs of waste management- REDUCE the production of water, REUSE the waste in some form, if possible, instead of just throwing them away & RECYCLE the waste as much as you can to dampen its harmful effect.
- Be a volunteer and clean your neighborhood area such as parks, beaches, etc.
- Plant a tree at least once a year on Earth Day or otherwise.
- Avoid causing pollution of vehicles and try to walk to nearby distance or ride a bicycle to faraway distance.
- Avoid single-use plastic items and not just on Earth Day but on every day of year.
- Save natural resources, electricity and water so as to put less presure on Earth for generation of production of these resources.
Earth Day Theme 2024
Earth Day 2024 Theme: “Planet vs. Plastics”
Earth Day 2023 Theme: “Invest in Our Planet”
Earth Day 2022 Theme: “Invest in Our Planet”
Every year, a theme is decided for the celebration of Earth Day, Earth Day 2018’s theme was ‘End Plastic Pollution’, Earth Day 2019’s theme was ‘Protect Our Species’, theme for Earth Day 2020 was ‘Climate Action’ and for Earth Day 2021, the theme was ‘Restore Our Earth’.
Earth Day Quotes & Wishes
Check out some nice quotes and wishes to send to friends and family on the occasion of Earth Day to draw their attention to Mother Earth and its protection.
Enjoy the gifts of nature and appreciate its beauty on this Earth Day. Happy Earth day.
Do not hesitate to do you part in the protection of Mother Earth. Wishing you a very happy earth day.
Let us make a promise to always protect our Mother Earth. Have a very happy Earth Day.
The earth has provided us with comfort and warmth. Now it’s our turn to take care of it. Happy earth day!
Make ourselves a promise to plant at least one tree every year. Happy earth day to you all.
It is now up to us to make and keep the earth greener and livable. Warm Wishes on Earth Day.
Let us take a vow to protect our mother Earth on this Earth Day. Wishing you a Happy Earth Day.
Take a step towards preserving out Earth and its resources for our next generation. Happy Earth Day.
Protect mother earth and make it a better place for our next generation. Warm wishes on this earth day to you and your family.
Thanking mother Earth for providing us the soil, water, air and other resources. Wishing a great Earth Day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Earth Day will be observed on 22nd April this year.
The theme of Earth Day in 2023 is “Planet vs. Plastics”.
It was first observed on March 21, 1970.