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Earth Day - statistics & facts

Earth Day 2021 is set to be celebrated on April 22; it coincides with the start of the spring season in the Northern Hemisphere to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Initiated in 1970 by San Francisco activist John McConnell with Senator Gaylord Nelson's approval, popularly known as the "conservation governor", Earth Day became a nationwide environmental teach-in to educate people in the United States on issues related to environmental pollution. Earth Day went global in 1990, and as of today, the global environmental movement has over 75,000 partners in over 190 countries working towards protecting our planet. 

 Background on Earth Day

When the first Earth Day was organized in 1970, nearly 20 million people across the U.S. flocked the streets to oppose environmental degradation. With the woes of increasing emission levels and growing eco-activism, the outrage was fueled by two major incidents that got massive media attention - a major oil spill in the Santa Barbara Channel in Southern California at the beginning of 1969 and a fire on the polluted waters of Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio. The incidents brought long-term environmental effects to marine life, polluted the shores, and caused severe economic damage. This was when environmental policies and laws were still not in place regarding the nation's air and water quality. The people that rose to the occasion to solve these pervasive challenges along with the outpouring of public activity had an enormous political impact. By the end of that year, environmental concerns became a part of the political value system and led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Subsequently, with the passage of other environmental laws in the following years, the country had ensured environmental protection.

 Earth Day 2021

The theme for Earth Day 2021 is "Restore Our Earth" as announced by the EARTHDAY.ORG (formerly Earth Day Network), the organizational body for Earth Day worldwide. This year's 51st Earth Day stresses that mitigation or adaptation are not the only ways to address climate change and supports the emerging concept of nature-based solutions suggested by the scientific community to restore the world's ecosystems by natural processes and emerging green technologies. 
In November 2020, President Trump's climate denial led to the administration's decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement. However, in February 2021, the United States rejoined the Paris agreement, and President Biden underpinned several environmental policies. One such global initiative that is a significant turning point in the climate crisis is scheduled to begin on Earth Day this year, a two-day virtual summit on the climate crisis where President Biden has invited more than 40 world leaders.

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Earth Day - statistics & facts

Earth Day 2021 is set to be celebrated on April 22; it coincides with the start of the spring season in the Northern Hemisphere to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Initiated in 1970 by San Francisco activist John McConnell with Senator Gaylord Nelson's approval, popularly known as the "conservation governor", Earth Day became a nationwide environmental teach-in to educate people in the United States on issues related to environmental pollution. Earth Day went global in 1990, and as of today, the global environmental movement has over 75,000 partners in over 190 countries working towards protecting our planet. 

 Background on Earth Day

When the first Earth Day was organized in 1970, nearly 20 million people across the U.S. flocked the streets to oppose environmental degradation. With the woes of increasing emission levels and growing eco-activism, the outrage was fueled by two major incidents that got massive media attention - a major oil spill in the Santa Barbara Channel in Southern California at the beginning of 1969 and a fire on the polluted waters of Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio. The incidents brought long-term environmental effects to marine life, polluted the shores, and caused severe economic damage. This was when environmental policies and laws were still not in place regarding the nation's air and water quality. The people that rose to the occasion to solve these pervasive challenges along with the outpouring of public activity had an enormous political impact. By the end of that year, environmental concerns became a part of the political value system and led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Subsequently, with the passage of other environmental laws in the following years, the country had ensured environmental protection.

 Earth Day 2021

The theme for Earth Day 2021 is "Restore Our Earth" as announced by the EARTHDAY.ORG (formerly Earth Day Network), the organizational body for Earth Day worldwide. This year's 51st Earth Day stresses that mitigation or adaptation are not the only ways to address climate change and supports the emerging concept of nature-based solutions suggested by the scientific community to restore the world's ecosystems by natural processes and emerging green technologies. 
In November 2020, President Trump's climate denial led to the administration's decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement. However, in February 2021, the United States rejoined the Paris agreement, and President Biden underpinned several environmental policies. One such global initiative that is a significant turning point in the climate crisis is scheduled to begin on Earth Day this year, a two-day virtual summit on the climate crisis where President Biden has invited more than 40 world leaders.

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