Earth is our one and only home planet. Over the years, we have been so busy with our lives we have neglected caring for the earth that gives us all that we need. International Earth Day is a celebration of all the benefits of Mother Nature and a special day to inspire greater awareness towards environmental conservation.

International Earth Day 2017

International Earth Day 2017 will happen on April 22, 2017, a Saturday.

International Earth Day happens every 22nd of April.

International Earth Day Origin

The first ever move to have an Earth Day was made by peace activist John McConnell in 1969 at a UNESCO Conference held in San Francisco. It was initially proposed to have an equinox Earth Day to be celebrated on the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere which is March 21, 1970.

The International Earth Day we know today was founded and first organized by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, in hopes of promoting respect for the planet earth and ecology, and increasing awareness of the problems that the environment is faced with such as pollution. Senator Gaylord Nelson was later given the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award for his work. Although the April 22 Earth Day was initially celebrated in the United States, it was Denis Hayes who took it to the international scale in 1990, making it an event celebrated by 141 nations.

International Earth Day Celebration

  • In various cities of the world, International Earth Day is celebrated with street parties, concerts and many fundraising activities.
  • Several organizations have events related to International Earth Day such as National Geographic Earth Day Run.
  • International Earth Day is also observed through tree planting activities, recycling and conservation talks and workshops.
  • Participate in Earth Hour by turning off all lights at an indicated time, synchronised with the rest of the world.
  • Raise awareness about caring for the earth at home or in school by having a movie day with children. Some movies that are in line with International Earth Day theme include Wall-E, Happy Feet, Bambi, Fern Gully, Pocahontas, Furry Vengeance, Over the Hedge, Hoot, Free Willy and Finding Nemo
  • A movie showing for teens, college students or adults is also recommended with An Inconvenience Truth, The Day After Tomorrow, Avatar, Soylent Green, March of the Penguins and Erin Brockovich.
  • Host an all-organic cook-off party with all biodegradable and earth-friendly utensils to boot.

International Earth Day Facts

  • International Earth Day makes use of several symbols like the drawing of the planet earth, growing seedling, a tree, and the recycling symbol.
  • The colors associated with International Earth Day are green, blue and brown.
  • John McConnell designed an “Earth Flag” also known as the “flag for all people”. It depicts a two-sided image of the Earth from space made from weather-resistant polyester and recyclable material.
  • Earth Day Network and are two of the biggest collaborative groups that concern the International Earth Day and related events.
  • Although there has not been a consensus as to a single International Earth Day Anthem, the European Union has chosen the music of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Ode To Joy as the melody for an Earth Day Anthem.

International Earth Day 2018

International Earth Day 2018 will be on Sunday, April 22, 2018.

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