What’s Earth Day?

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Earth Day is an annual event celebrated globally to promote environmentally healthy practices. It is celebrated on April 22 or during the vernal equinox. Early celebrations focused on highlighting environmental problems, while modern celebrations focus on progress made in research and education on sustainable living. Earth Day has become widely known, with more nations and companies participating in the event and setting targets for emission reductions and other environmentally-friendly measures.

Earth Day is an annual environmental event where people celebrate the Earth’s natural environment and promote environmentally healthy practices. Many cities around the world celebrate Earth Day which can include sustainable living fairs, featured speakers, music, dance, food, and parades, among other things. In some countries, prominent politicians make an annual Earth Day speech or announcement to talk about environmental issues and celebrate gains in environmental sustainability.

There is some controversy as to when, exactly, Earth Day is. Many people celebrate Earth Day on April 22, in a nod to Earth Day’s origins in the late 1960s, when activists staged the event on April 22. Others celebrate it during the vernal equinox, which means Earth Day falls on different days in the northern and southern hemispheres. Equinox-favoring celebrants point out that spring is traditionally enthusiastically welcomed by people around the world, making the first day of spring a great time to celebrate the Earth.

Early Earth Day celebrations were used to highlight growing environmental problems and to propose ways to address these problems. Issues such as industrial pollution and resource-exploiting technology were raised on Earth Day, along with the overexploitation of natural resources and practices that harm the Earth, such as mining. As humans have increasingly recognized environmental problems, ranging from global warming to a growing number of threatened or extinct species, the scope of issues emerging on Earth Day has widened.

Originally, Earth Day was accompanied by teachings and other events designed to draw attention to planetary problems. Modern Earth Day celebrations often focus on the positive, celebrating the progress made in research to protect the Earth and offering education on how to live sustainably. Earth Day festivals often feature alternative energy sources, organic farmers and locally produced products, to connect people with the Earth and their communities.

As Earth Day has become more widely known, more and more nations and companies have begun to actively participate in the event. It’s not uncommon to see companies release information about major ecological breakthroughs on Earth Day, for example, and for nations to set Earth Day as a target date for emission reductions and other environmentally-friendly measures. The day also provides an excellent rallying point for environmental activists.

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