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Earth Day: 22 April

Date: 22 April 2019 Tags: Days & Dates

The International Mother Earth Day is observed every year across the world on 22nd April to build support for environmental protection around world. Observance of this day aims to celebrate Mother Nature and put environmental issues in the spotlight.

Objective of this Day

  • Encourage people to carry out activities that will benefit Earth, such as recycling, using solar power or plant trees.
  • Raise awareness that humans have collective responsibility to promote harmony with nature.
  • Balance economic, environmental and social needs of present and future generations.

2019 Theme for Earth Day 2019

'Protect Our Species'. It aims to draw attention to t rapid extinction of species across the world, which is directly linked to human activity which causes pollution, climate change and deforestation.

Background

The concept of observing Earth Day was formally proposed by John McConnell at UNESCO conference on Environment in 1969 to remind humans of environmental deterioration caused by them and protect Earth. Later in 1971, a formal proclamation was signed to observe international Earth Day annually on Vernal Equinox by UN Secretary-General U Thant. It was first celebrated in 1970, and since then it is celebrated every year.  United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) officially designate 22 April as International Mother Earth Day through resolution A/RES/63/278, adopted in 2009. Celebrations of this day are coordinated globally by Earth Day Network.