The Earth Day is a global phenomenon which is annually celebrated on April 22 to show our concern and support for the mother nature. According to the stats and surveys, around one-billion people around the world take part in the celebrations on this day, which makes the day the most widely observed non-religious celebration in the world.
Looking back at the history of this day, major advancements took place in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The idea got off the ground in 1969 when John McConnell, a peace activist, forwarded a proposal suggesting to observe a day in the honor of the Earth. This idea was adopted by the UN and later on the famous environmentalist, Gaylord Nelson further proposed that on the day, there should be programs and teach-ins conducted to spread awareness about the environment and the issues the blue planet faces. This later on developed into the civic-focused Earth day. It was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. But until two decades, the Earth Day celebrations stayed within the US and could not reach the whole world. Only after 1990, it became a global celebration.
Now, the Earth Day is a full-fledged event involving a number of activities. In some parts of the world, the Earth Day is extended to be celebrated for an entire week, termed as Earth Week.
The main purpose of celebrating the Earth Day is to get everyone to do their part towards the environment.
The day aims to raise awareness for protecting and caring for the planet.
It is celebrated to share ideas, adopt practices and choose sustainable options that would help in preserving the life on this planet.
From Earth Day's beginning in 1970, the day has evolved into a big event which has spawned multiple communities and associations under its umbrella.
These groups come up with ambitious projects every year to make the Earth a better place to live. Of the few popular ones are Women and the Green Economy effort (WAGE) and Earth Day Network.
Earth and its purity seem to strike match with the spirit of innocence. It is this innocence that seems to be losing its charm with the passage of time, over globalization, technology de-forestation, pollution and many other factors Our Mother Earth seems to be undergoing a critical stage and is getting increasingly scraped off its natural beauty. So why not take this occasion of Earth Day (on April 22nd) to try and conserve our Mother Earth. Along with this, let’s make a resolution to follow the steps ardently so that we can enjoy the gifts of earth in all her bounty.
Earth Day is celebrated annually to create awareness as well as to demonstrate the support for environmental protection, which is essential for the well being of our planet and humanity as a whole. Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 every year across the globe. This year, the event would create awareness about the harmful effects of plastic on the environment. Here are ten facts about Earth Day.
The first Earth Day was observed on April 22, 1970. The basic purpose of Earth Day was to create awareness about the issues concerning the Earth. Around 20 million people across the United States were a part of the first Earth Day celebrations.
Earth Day originated in the United States in 1970 and was observed across the entire nation. Till 1990, the event was observed in the United States, but from that year onwards became a world-wide event. Around 200 million people in some 141 countries were mobilized for the event.
The Earth Day was created by Gaylord Nelson, who was the Senator of Wisconsin, US. He was of the view that not much emphasis was being given to the environment which is the most important aspect for humanity. Thus, to create awareness about issues concerning the environment, he created the Earth Day.
Apart form the 20 million people who took part in the festivities, the first Earth Day was celebrated on a large-scale in schools and colleges in the United States. Around 2,000 colleges and universities across the country took part in the celebrations. Other than this, 10,000 primary and secondary schools also celebrated Earth Day.
Earth Day became an international event in 1990. Denis Hayes, who was the national coordinator for the 1970 event, was the person responsible for taking it to the global stage. During that year, Earth Day was organized in 141 countries across the world.
On the day many activities and events are held across the world. Many of these are associated with the theme of the event. Many people sign petitions, while others plant trees, which are essential for a clean and green environment. Some people also collect garbage from the streets and also make plans on how to make earth a much better place.
Though Earth Day is a big event across the world, but some countries go a step further in creating awareness. During the Year 2011, the Earth Day Network planted approximately 28 million trees in Afghanistan. To create awareness about the growing pollution and depleting fuel resources, a whopping 100,000 people in China rode bikes in the year 2012, while Panama planted 100 endangered species of Orchids.
Earth nurtures humanity the way a mother nurtures her child. Thus in the year 2009, the name of Earth Day was changed to the International Mother Earth Day.
Though Earth Day s a one-day affair, in some schools and communities across the world, the event stretches for a week. This allows a much longer period to enable to create awareness among the people regarding the importance of preserving the environment.
Celebration of Earth day takes place across the globe. It’s time for you to get creative and imaginative with your Earth day ideas and activity of Earth day. Start looking for help from the Earth day books and arrange for everything days in advance. There are also various Earth day activities book that children love to spend time on. This gives them an idea about the concept of Earth day and what exactly it depicts.
|1.||I Can Save the Earth!||Allison Inches|
|2.||The Lorax||Dr. Seuss|
|3.||The Great Kapok Tree||Lynne Cherry|
|5.||Jimmy’s Gone Green!||Kathy Cane|
|6.||The Green Mother Goose||David Davis and Jan Peck|
|7.||Compost Stew||Mary McKenna Siddals|
|8.||The Giving Tree||Shel Silverstein|
|9.||Let’s Celebrate Earth Day||Peter and Connie Roop|
|10.||Michael Recycle||Ellie Bethel|
“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
“A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.”
—John James Audubon
“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” —Franklin D. Roosevel
On Earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.
When the well's dry, we know the worth of water.
The earth belongs to the living, not to the dead.
In Tune With Mother Nature
If you listen for the songbirds
As they greet the summer sun,
And love the way the wind can make
The trees sings just for fun;
If you like to hear the ocean
As it drums upon the shore,
And imagine all the whales out there,
And hope they'll sing some more;
If you think of all the animals
As players in a band,
Each with a lovely tune to play,
All needed on the land;
And know that as a boy or girl
A woman or a man
You have a vital role to play
In Mother Nature's plan;
If you honor every living thing
As a part of nature's treasure
You're in tune with Mother Nature
So let's all sing her song together.
Working on Recycling
We've been working on recycling
All the trash we can
We've been working on recycling
It's a very simple plan
Separate your glass and paper
Separate you plastic and tin
Take the trash you've recycled...
To the recycling bin!!!
Save The Earth
breathe the same air,
share the same seas,
live together on the land.
who learn, plan,
save the earth.
Earth Day is the occasion to eat healthy dishes, which are easy on the environment. Some people prefer, to call the food prepared from the Earth Day recipes, environment friendly dishes. Earth Day recipes generally include vegetables and fruits that contain very less pesticide. Many local farmers grow organic food, so buying things from them can be a good choice. You must make it a habit to eat health food all the time, and not just on Earth Day.
There are various types of eco-friendly recipes, which you can come across. Some of the easy recipes are given here:
Keep the oven preheated at medium heat; alternately string the mushrooms and peppers on a metal skewer. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and brush that onto skewered vegetables. Put the skewers on the oiled grill and grill 4 to 6 minutes, turning occasionally, till they are done.
In a medium bowl, mix the poppy seeds, Worcestershire sauce olive oil, vinegar, sesame seeds, sugar, paprika, and onion; let it chill for 1 hour. In another bowl, mix the strawberry, spinach and almond. Pour the chilled dressing over it, before serving.
Whip together the milk with pudding, put the mixture aside for a few minutes and then gently fold in whipped topping, and half of the crushed cookies. Put the rest of the cookie crumbs, in the bottom of the cupcake liner in a deep serving bowl. Fill the cupcake liners with the pudding mixture and use the gummy worms to decorate. Chill it before serving.
Drain the pineapple from the can and keep aside 2 tablespoons juice. Cut the pineapples into thin strips, mix it with the banana and transfer it to a large bowl. In another mid sized bowl, mix the pineapple juice, which has been set aside and the lemon juice. Add celery, cabbage, walnuts, oranges and raisins to the banana and pineapple mixture. Combine the salt and yoghurt and put it to the cabbage mixture; cover it and let it refrigerate, till it is chilled and then serve.