As the climate emergency worsens, World Earth Day takes on greater international importance in the fight against climate change.
The 51st anniversary will be celebrated on April 22nd like every year and, in the midst of the pandemic, many of the events will be mostly online. In Italy, there will be the second edition of #OnePeopleOnePlanet – the multimedia marathon of 13 hours streamed on RaiPlay by Gianni Milano.
Notably, US president Joe Biden has chosen to begin his virtual world leaders summit to address the climate crisis on Earth Day next week.
Earth Day (NGO recognized by the UN General Secretariat) was born in 1970 and organizes one of the most impacting event in the world with over one billion people every year through the work of 75 thousand partners distributed in 193 member countries of the United Nations.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Earth Day has been celebrated every April 22nd since 1970.
The initial idea for Earth Day came to US Senator Gaylord Nelson after witnessing the impact of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara in 1969.
Inspired by the student antiwar movement, Senator Nelson wanted to channel that energy into action to protect the environment. The organizers chose a date that wouldn’t clash with spring break or exams to ensure that as many students as possible would be able to show up.
On April 22nd 2016, leaders of 175 countries signed the historic Paris Agreement.
This year’s event will run for three days from April 20th-22nd, with a range of online and offline activities that can be viewed on this map.
Earth Day’s main digital event will take place on April 22nd like the Biden administration’s climate summit, which will also be live-streamed.
What is the topic?
Earth Day is an annual event created to fight the global climate crisis.
This year’s topic is “Restore Our Earth”, with attendees invited to focus not only on how we can reduce our environmental impact, but also how we could actively restore the world’s ecosystems.
It comes as levels of planet-heating greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere continue to rise despite country-wide lockdowns put in place during the pandemic, and plans for a green recovery.
Life is better with a healthy Planet!
Happy Earth Day!