This year, join WePlanet on April 22, 2023, to celebrate Earth Day!
What is Earth Day?
“Earth Day is an annual celebration that honors the achievements of the environmental movement and raises awareness of the need to protect Earth's natural resources for future generations” (National Geographic 2022)
Earth Day is normally celebrated on the 22nd of April every year or on the day the spring equinox occurs.
Where did “Earth Day” begin?
The first Earth Day was organized on April 22 1970 by a Wisconsin Senator named Gaylord Nelson with the help of Denis Hayes - a Harvard University graduate student.
Gaylord Nelson was inspired by the ongoing environmental activism in the 1960s to unite the movement through the creation of a national celebration. As such, with the organization of the first Earth Day, they educated participants on the importance of environmental conservation. The event strengthened the support for legislation like the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Air Act as it was attended by 20 million people across the United States. Then in 1990, Denis Hayes organized a global Earth Day with more than 200 million participants in more than 140 countries.
Today, Earth Day, brings together citizens and activists around the world to raise awareness and take action regarding environmental concerns such as global warming and renewable energy.
The mission of the Earth Day Network is founded on the premise that all people regardless of their race, gender, income, or geography have a moral right to a sustainable, healthy environment. This mission is actively pursued through the actions of education, public policy, and activism campaigns.
Let’s all do something positive and impactful as small actions can bring big change.
#INVEST IN OUR PLANET!!