Earth Day has now reached its 48th year, and according to the Earth Day Network (EDN) over one billion people in 192 countries are thought to have taken part in this year’s event.Celebrated every year on April 22, the global day of environmental action is thought to be the largest secular observance in the world.Each Earth Day, individuals and organizations from across the globe participate in action intended to world towards a healthier environment for future generations.
· When did Earth Day get started?
The celebration marks the anniversary of the birth of the environmental movement in 1970.Modern environmentalism is largely credited as starting with the publication of Rachel Carson’s bestselling book Silent Spring – documented the effects of the indiscriminate use of pesticides – in 1962.After selling 500,000 copies in 24 countries, the book sparked a growing public awareness of environmental matters that crystallized in the first Earth Day.
· What does Earth Day look like today?
Earth Day has turned its attention to big environmental issue of the moment: plastic pollution.
Its goals include supporting efforts around the world to eliminate single-use plastics, and drive support for tighter regulations concerning plastic disposal.
“EDN will educate millions of people about the health and other risks associated with the use and disposal of plastics, including pollution of our oceans, water, and wildlife, and about the growing body of evidence that decomposing plastics are creating serious global problems,” said Trhe organization’s president Kathleen Rogers, in a statement.“EDN has built a multi-year campaign to End Plastic Pollution.
“Our goals include ending single-use plastics, promoting alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials, promoting 100 per cent recycling of plastics, corporate and government accountability and changing human behavior concerning plastics.”In the lead up to the events 50th anniversary, EDN is also launching an “ambitious set of goals to shape the future of 21st century environmentalism”.