Earth Day, observed each year on April 22, is the day to appreciate our planet and take care of it. On this day, people worldwide appreciate the natural resources available to us and raise awareness of the need to protect them for our future generations.
We should aim to make every day an Earth Day, where we protect our planet daily by either planting a tree, reducing the usage of single-use plastic or not littering our surroundings. In this article, we will throw light on some of the most interesting facts about Earth Day everyone must know-
This is the 52nd Earth Day!
This year, we are celebrating the 52nd Earth Day. It was first observed on April 22, 1970. Before Earth Day came to being, US citizens were using lead petrol that caused harmful smog across the nation. Gradually, people started becoming more conscious of pollution and they were eager to take strong steps to stop this environmental degradation. Later, US Senator Gaylord Nelson started spreading awareness about protecting the environment on college campuses. This eventually spiraled into International Earth Day.
Earth Day Went Global in 1990
It was the year 1990 when Earth Day was observed globally. In the 20th year from when Earth Day was introduced, the organizers of the movement planned to take it global were nearly 200 million people across 141 countries participated. It was in fact that day that triggered multiple recycling initiatives and made way for the 1992 UN Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro.
The theme of Earth Day 2022 is ‘Invest in our Planet’
Each Earth Day has a different theme. The theme last year was ‘Restore our Earth’. This year, Earth Day wants us to ‘Invest in our Planet’. The movement wants us to invest our resources and energy in reducing our carbon footprint and go completely carbon-neutral in a few years from now. Earth Day’s official website says, “for Earth Day 2022, we need to act (boldly), innovate (broadly), and implement (equitably). It’s going to take all of us. All in. Businesses, governments, and citizens — everyone accounted for, and everyone accountable. A partnership for the planet.”
Earth Day has a Theme Song!
Yes, you heard that right! The song goes by the name “Earth Anthem” and was written by Indian poet Abhay Kumar in the year 2013. Since then, the song has been recorded in all the official UN languages.
Click here to go to the song.
Earth Day is the Largest Secular Celebration in the World
Every year, nearly 1 billion people (15% of the world population) participate in contributing to Earth Day in their own small and big ways. That is why it is said that Earth Day is the largest secular celebration in the world.
Participating in Earth Day is Effortless!
Everyone can participate in Earth Day and it’s absolutely effortless. As individuals, the least you could do is to reduce the usage of single-use plastic or take a bicycle ride to the nearby store instead of taking a taxi.
As a business entity, you can participate in Earth Day by reducing your carbon footprint. You can tie up with a shipping solution that has sustainability on its highest of agenda, reduce customer returns by opting for a sustainable returns management software like EcoReturns, introduce recyclable packaging materials to ship items, and many more. The willingness to contribute to a healthier planet is all it takes to make this global movement successful.