Celebrate Earth Day with Owliver7 min readReading Time: 5 minutes
Can you guess what 7.8 million humans, 8.7 million species of animals, and over 7 billion species of plants have in common?
Find out the answer by unravelling this puzzle:
The Earth is home to a vast number of species, and is constantly working with its contemporaries from outer space to keep us going. Every year, April 22nd is designated at Earth Day to celebrate this wonder!
Earth Day on April 22 marks the celebration of the beginning of the modern environment movement that started in 1970.
The idea for Earth Day can be traced back all the way to 1969, to Senator Gaylord Nelson, a junior senator from Wisconsin. It was the year that saw a massive oil-spill in Santa Barbara that killed 10,000 seabirds, dolphins, seals, and sea lions. To aid the development of an environmental awareness in people, Nelson decided to organise campus teach-ins on April 22, headed by the young activist, Denis Hayes.
Know more about Nelson, the father of Earth Day in this video:
Denis Hayes transformed the teach-ins to Earth Day. The first Earth Day saw participation from 20 million Americans who demonstrated on streets against the environmental impact of 150 years of industrial development.
Apart from students, people fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness and the extinction of wildlife came together to be a part of the first Earth Day.
The first Earth Day in 1970 led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and paved the way for other legislations to protect the environments like the National Environmental Education Act, and Endangered Species Act in the United States of America.
The Earth Day went global in 1990 with participation from 200 million people from 141 countries to commemorate recycling efforts all across the globe.
Earth Day 2000 saw participation from 5,000 environmental groups from 184 countries, building both local and global issues of environment, specifically concerning global warming and clean energy.
In 2010, earthday.org was established to combat the cynicism of climate change deniers and indifferent governance.
Every year, it mobilises 1 billion people across 193 countries towards the protection of the planet we call home.
Earth Day 2021
Earth Day 2021’s theme is Restore Our Earth. The theme allows every individual to take responsibility for the environment and make measures to restore it to back to good health. It focuses on natural processes, green technologies, and innovative thinking to address climate change.
There are many events that are being live streamed on the website for everyone to join.
You can catch Global Youth Summit, We Shall Breathe, and Teach for the Planet here.
Stay glued to the website for the Earth Day Special!
How can you celebrate Earth Day?
For inspiration, lets revisit our green warriors:
There is another way to celebrate— with a throwback to all the good ‘green’ news from all over the world making us believe in a greener future!
Owliver’s Green Archive:
Return of the Wild:
Rhinos have returned to Nepal
Jaguars have returned to Argentina.
Also, the devil-eyed frog and the satyr butterfly are back in the Bolivian Andes.
The Tasmanian Devil made a reappearance in Australia.
New members of the family:
There is a new whale in town!
India welcomed 599 species into its biodiversity including a frog with a distinct song, and a beetle who likes to recycle.
Also, did you know there is life below half a mile of ice?
Coca Cola experimented with its first paper bottle.
US is part of the Paris agreement again!
The world seems to be marching towards carbon neutrality.
The Empire State building now runs on wind.
Daily Dump: The start-up that is making composting an everyday habit
Paaduks: The green and ethical footwear brand
Lego: The brand has a new botanical collection
There are many more reasons to smile. Head into the archive to find more stories! Share your favourite ones with Owliver in the comments, below.
And lastly, don’t forget to send out a wish for our home today! The Earth is always listening.
Sourced from earthday.org