Earth Day 2023
Earth Day is observed on April 22 each year. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the rapidly-rising levels of pollution, climate change, and other circumstances that contribute to damaging the environment and threaten the survival of our planet. The day is marked by various activities such as tree planting, recycling drives, clean-up campaigns, and environmental education programs. The objective of Earth Day is to remind individuals and communities of their responsibility to protect the planet and its ecosystems from pollution, climate change, and other environmental threats. By taking part in Earth Day activities, people can make a positive impact on the environment and contribute towards a more sustainable future.
Earth Day 2023: Theme
The theme each year is announced by the earthday.org portal, which globally organises environmental movements to commemorate the day. The theme this year is — ‘Invest in our Planet,’ with a clear motto of ‘everyone accounted for, everyone accountable.’ The emphasis of the theme is getting the more than one billion people who participate in Earth Day activities each year to take action in their own communities. It also wants governments, institutions, and enterprises to do their part.
Earth Day 2023: History
Senator Gaylord Nelson established Earth Day in the 1970s to promote ecology and increase public awareness of issues pertaining to the environment. He was very concerned after seeing the horror of a significant oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, in early 1969.
Senator Nelson made the decision to combine the student anti-war movement with a growing public awareness of air and water pollution from his anxiety about the planet’s deteriorating conditions. He had announced the idea of teaching about environmental protection in colleges. Gradually, through the efforts of Nelson and activist Denis Hayes, Earth Day came into being in 1970 and it gathered a lot of attention from the national media. Decades later, in 1990, the movement went global.