22nd April, Celebrated as Earth Day Worldwide [ Current Affairs ]

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Earth Day is celebrated on the 22nd April every year in worldwide to build support for environmental protection around the world. Earth day is celebrating in worldwide since 1970. It is celebrating in more than 193 countries each year.

  • At UNESCO’s Conference of 1969 in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell planned a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated on 21st March 1970 which was the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere.
  • Then after a month later, a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson held on 22nd April, 1970.

Significance of the Day:

  • It shows that Earth and its ecosystems provide its inhabitants the life and nourishment.
  • It also aims to raise awareness in humans to save the nature and to balance the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations.

2016 Earth Day Theme:

  • Earth Day Theme in 2016 is ‘Trees for the Earth! ’.
  • This year, it is 46th anniversary of Earth Day.
  • The theme signifies that trees are essential for fighting with climate change as they absorb harmful levels of Carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.
  • This year on Earth Day, the landmark Paris Agreement is scheduled to be signed by the United States, China and also 120 other countries.
  • The agreement is officially required for participant countries to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
  • On this day more than one billion people join Earth Day movements from all around the world of all nationalities, faiths and backgrounds.

- Published on: April 25, 2016