By Felicia Farnsworth
2021’s Earth Day theme is “Restore Our Earth.” Earth Day, April 22, was a concept proposed by John McConnell, a peace activist, to honor the earth and the concept of Peace at the UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, 1969.
McConnell sanctioned a proclamation for the day in nature, and Secretary-General U Thant signed it at the United Nations. The idea to hold a nationwide environmental teach-in, to be held April 22, 1970, was proposed one month later by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson. Nelson hired Denis Hayes, a young activist, to be the National Coordinator.
Together, they renamed the event “Earth Day.” With the help of his staff, Hayes grew the event past that of a teach-in and made it a nationwide event, resulting in the largest single-day protest in human history, with well over more than 20 million people in participation for the first-ever Earth Day. Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award in recognition of his work.
Initially, Earth Day’s original focus was on the U.S; however, in 1990, Denis Hayes took it internationally with organized events in 141 nations. To date, 193 countries celebrate the event. On Earth Day in 2020, over 100 million people around the world observed the 50th anniversary in what was referred to as the largest online mass mobilization in history. This year EARTHDAY.ORG will host its second Earth Day Live digital event.
The global show begins at noon eastern standard time. Some topics covered are; Natural Processes, Emerging Green Technologies, Innovative thinking that can restore the world’s Ecosystems, and many more.
There are ten simple ways you can contribute to help protect the earth.
Walk, bike, or use public transit
Reduce, Recycle, Reuse
Give composting a try
Switch to LEDs
Eat sustainable foods
Plant a tree
Give up plastics.
By doing these ten simple things and making them a way of life, our planet may be restored in the future.