(On the occasion of Earth Day) The world celebrates numerous ecological days during the year, such as Environmental Protection Day, Environmental Health Day and the like, but none is as spontaneous and diverse as Earth Day, which we celebrate on April 22.
Namely, other environmental dates were chosen mostly by agreement of various interstate organizations to mark some kind of signing or voting, while Planet Day is, conditionally speaking, a spontaneous manifestation of planetary proportions initiated and presented primarily by citizens.
Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970 in the United States, at a time when caring for the environment first became an important social and media topic. It turned out to be important for a large number of people. More than 20 million Americans took to the streets that day, which was the first mass and public demand to protect the planet. Many environmentalists believe that this event was a turning point in the history of shaping environmental awareness.
The first Earth Day was launched at the initiative of US Senator Gaylord Nelson and environmentalist Denis Hayes. Although the motive for choosing the date of the marking is related to three environmental activists from the past, environmentalists have been accused of collaborating with the Soviet Union. Coincidentally, April 22 is the birthday of the leader of the October Revolution – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. That is why conservative forces in the United States opposed the celebration of Planet Day.
However, this movement became more and more popular, only to leave the American framework in 1990 and spread as a global phenomenon. Today, thousands of environmental organizations and 193 countries are involved in its launch every year.
According to the Earth Day Network, one billion people have participated in the events on April 22 around the world in recent years, which is why it is sometimes called “the most massive civic holiday in the world.” This network managed to organize a campaign of planting a billion trees around the planet.
You can join the celebration of Earth Day by planting trees, donating money for planting, giving up pesticides, giving up the use of plastic bags and other disposable plastic items, reducing electricity consumption and eating less meat.