Earth Day

  • Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on 22nd April to raise awareness about the need to protect our planet and its environment.
    • In 2009, the United Nations designated 22nd April as International Mother Earth Day.
  • The theme for Earth Day 2023 is “Invest in our planet,” with a clear motto of ‘everyone accounted for, everyone accountable.’
  • It calls on businesses, investors, financial markets, and governments to lead the way in building a healthier and more equitable global system.
  • Earth Day was first observed in 1970 as a response to environmental degradation caused by issues such as smog, polluted rivers, and oil spills.
  • Earth Day is globally coordinated by EARTHDAY.ORG, a non-profit organization formerly known as Earth Day Network. It aims to build the world’s largest environmental movement to drive transformative change for people and the planet.
  • The landmark Paris Agreement, which brings almost 200 countries together in setting a common target to reduce global greenhouse emissions, was also signed on Earth Day 2016.
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