Every year on April 22, people around the planet take a day to focus on one thing: the earth. It’s called Earth Day because it’s a day to focus on the environment, and how the general public can work together to protect it.
It All Began Nearly 50 Years Ago
The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970. Founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, was “inspired by the student anti-war movement, [realizing] that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda” (earthday.org).
After 30 years of protests, rallies, and earth-saving efforts in the United States, Earth Day expanded. In 1990, earthday.org reports that “200 million people in 141 countries [lifted] environmental issues onto the world stage. Earth Day 1990 gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide.” Today, Population Education reports that “Earth Day has gone global with a reported 193 countries participating.”
Celebrating the Earth All Over the World
The globalization of Earth Day means that preservation is happening everywhere. Here are some ways in which other countries have celebrated Earth Day in recent years.
Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2017, Earth Day United was held at Christiansborg Castle Square. Greenlandic shaman and organizer Angajoq Nattortalissuaq addressed the crowd before a circle was “formed for sessions of drum-playing, aimed at all four corners of the world” prior to a March for Science (MentalFloss).
Tokyo, Japan. The Japanese people are very observant of Earth Day. There is a two-day gathering each year in Yoyogi Park that “draws over 100,000 people to the event. Many go to enjoy the art, vibes and of course, the food! You’ll find the Earth Day Kitchen zone hosting a great selection of healthy eats” (PacSafe).
Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Students used pedal power by riding a stationary bike to make smoothies, “proving there’s no need to rely on electricity for everything” says Population Education.
Vancouver, British Columbia. The day begins with a parade and festival that “includes various educational talks and activities, continuing at Grandview Park until 5 p.m.,” according to MentalFloss.
Chisinau, Moldova. A local organization hosted several Earth Day activities in 30 villages, “from clean-ups to tree planting and the building of nesting boxes for birds,” according to PacSafe. The also held workshops and contests at a central event.
Johannesburg, South Africa. They refer to Earth Day as International Mother Earth Day. The Rand Show is a week-long exposition held yearly, and Earth Expo is a large part of it. Earth Expo “presented educational forums on topics like nutrition, fashion, and technology, and discuss entrepreneurship and developing skills with those who want to make their businesses more sustainable” (MentalFloss).
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