Today is Earth Day

To-day, April 22, is Earth Day, which is celebrated every year “to raise awareness for environmental protection. This year’s theme is “Invest In Our Planet,” and the new doodle is designed to intensify talks over one of the most pressing topics of our time” writes CNN quoting Google.

Earth Day: Key Points

  • Earth Day falls on April 22 every year and is the most widely observed secular holiday around the globe.
  • Earth Day’s momentum led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of multiple environmental laws.
  • In the U.S. this year, environmental rallies and protests are expected this weekend in cities including Chicago and Oklahoma City.

Source: USA Today

Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day’s global organizer, told USA Today:

I think people can’t operate in fear… So we looked for messaging [that] might inspire people to look to the future in a way that engages them and allows them to think positively about what they could do to change it, “Invest In Our Planet” brings three parties to the table: government, businesses and citizens. “We all need to work together.”

Celebrating the occasion, NBC’s Today News has the following 10 earth day facts:

  1. The date was chosen to appeal to college students.
  2. Some countries call it “International Mother Earth Day”.
  3. Earth day has theme song.
  4. Earth day went global in 1990.
  5. Earth day has inspired countries to start environmentally beneficial initiatives.
  6. About a billion people participate in Earth day.
  7. Earth day sparked the creation of government environmental organizations.
  8. Earth day has a theme every year.
  9. The first Earth day had a good turnout.
  10. It’s easy to participate in Earth day.

The official website writes about 2022 Earth day “This is the moment to change it all — the business climate, the political climate, and how we take action on climate. Now is the time for the unstoppable courage to preserve and protect our health, our families, and our livelihoods. 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.”