Earth Day is celebrated annually around the world in order to raise awareness for environmental issues and show support for environmental change. Earth Day originated in 1970 when an American Senator, Gaylord Nelson, proposed a nation-wide environmental teach-in on April 22. The teach-in was organized with the help of Denis Hayes, a young environmental activist. This event was renamed Earth Day and inspired thousands of Americans to take to the streets in order to protest against the environmental destruction caused by industrialization. This national event became global in 1990 when the Earth Day campaign was celebrated in 141 different countries around the world.
In the face of climate change, it is important to take climate action whenever and wherever possible. Countries around the globe must work together to produce the creativity, technology and cooperation needed to tackle the climate crisis. As a result, climate action was the theme of 2020's Earth Day. Earthday.org hosts global conversations, educational talks, volunteer opportunities, and digital events on their website. Make use of this resource to check out the different ways you can take climate action this upcoming Earth Day!
There are a variety of actions both big and small that you can take to celebrate Earth Day. Some examples of actions you can take include picking up litter, eating a vegetarian meal, reaching out to your local representatives about environmental issues, signing environmental pledges, going plastic-free, or planting a tree. Remember that celebrating and advocating for the earth does not have to be limited to one day. The lessons learned and actions undertaken during Earth Day should be carried out all year round in an effort to make a positive impact on the environment!
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