Earth Day - statistics & facts

Earth Day 2022 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 environmental movement has over 75,000 partners in over 192 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 and increasing emission levels. 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 there were still no policies and laws on 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 and the country passed many environmental laws in the following years.

 Earth Day 2022

The theme for Earth Day 2022 is "Invest In Our Planet" as announced by the EARTHDAY.ORG (formerly Earth Day Network), the organizational body for Earth Day worldwide. This year's 52nd Earth Day calls for governments, businesses, and individuals to invest in a sustainable future for the planet. It calls for working together to accelerate answers to one of the greatest issue we face - climate change.

Investing in cleaner types of energy, embracing sustainable fashion, reducing carbon footprints, and making conscious efforts as corporations and people to reduce waste, air pollution, and plastic usage are some of the concerns explored by the Earth Day theme.

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