‘As the Earth Goes Back to Normal, We can’t go back to business as usual’
Every April Earth Day aims to raise awareness of climate change and environmental destruction and this year the here day event focuses on how we can prevent future disasters of climate change and environmental destruction.
1. The first Earth Day took place in 1970.
Climate concern is not a new thing. Earth Day started over 50 years ago and has been key to driving environmental change. The first event saw over 20 million people get involved in the US and was instrumental in pushing environmental legislation through in America, including The Clean Air Act (1970) and Endangered Species Act (1973).
2. In 1990, Earth Day went global!
200 million people took part in more than 140 countries, and it has since been an international event and engages one billion people each year.
3. The Paris Agreement opened for signatures on Earth Day in 2016
The Paris Agreement, is a global effort that requires countries to make commitments in reducing greenhouse gasses and global temperature, strengthening these commitments over time.
4. Each year amazing initiative happen to support Earth Day and preserve our planet for the future.
- In 2012, more than 100,000 people road bikes in China reduces carbon emissions and save on fuel
- In 2011, 28 million trees were planted in Afghanistan by the Earth Day Network
- Over 100 endangered species of Orchids have been planted in Panama to prevent their extinction in aid of Earth Day
5. Nasa have planted a historic Moon Tree
Nasa has planted first and second generation a ‘Moon Tree’ to celebrate Erath Day. NASA astronaut Stuart Roosa took seeds on the Apollo 14 mission in 1971. Scientists were interested to see if the seeds would still germinate, they weren’t affected (even when the canister came open during the decontamination process), and now grow strong and tall out of the Earth’s soil.
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What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day this year?