Earth Day is an annual event aimed at bringing attention to the major environmental issues we face, such as climate change, air pollution and deforestation. Every year on April 22nd Earth Day is celebrated but many anticipate the whole month and especially the week leading up to Earth Day. Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970, and has been commemorated annually on that date since then. The 50th anniversary of Earth Day was celebrated in 2020.
As the climate problem worsens, each Earth Day takes on even greater significance. The yearly event, which began in the United States in 1970, brings together millions of people from all over the world in support of the environment, underlining the need for immediate action to rescue our planet.
The theme for Earth Day 2022 is Invest In Our Planet, and it is an appeal to governments, businesses, and individuals to invest in a better future for the planet.
According to the latest study from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, unless more rapid action is taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the world will warm by 3.2°C above pre-industrial levels. The world and all life on it, including humans, would be destroyed by this level of warming.
Small home or classroom initiatives, such as growing a herb garden or picking up rubbish, can all be part of Earth Day celebrations. People also volunteer to plant trees, participate in other ecological projects, and attend public protests against climate change.
Earth Day has grown into a worldwide movement, increasing awareness of environmental issues and giving a platform for individuals to get active in the battle against climate change. It might be the difference between life and death for us.