Every year, on 22nd of April, World Earth Day is celebrated, an event known worldwide simply as “Earth Day”, which mobilizes about one billion people for the sake of our planet.
The celebration involves many nations and today 193 countries are part of it. Earth Day was born from the publication of the book “Silent Spring”, written by US biologist Rachel Carson, in 1962; later in 1969, peace activist John McConnell suggested to establish a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace: from then on, it has become one of the most important educational and informative events in the world.
In this day ecologists think how to figure out some planet problems such as air, water and soil pollution, the destruction of ecosystems, thousands of plants and animal species that are disappearing. John McConnell believed humans have the duty and responsibility to care about the Earth and share its resources fairly.
This event gave a boost to environmental initiatives around the world and paved the way for the 1992 United Nations Summit in Rio de Janeiro. In 2000, thanks to the spread of the internet, the founding spirit of the Earth Day and its celebrations were promoted globally. The event managed to involve over 5,000 environmental groups, including many celebrities such as the actor Leonardo di Caprio.
This year, in April, the whole week of the Earth Day will be dedicated to the need for reducing the environmental impact on the planet. “We must see every country rapidly raise their ambition across all climate issues — and that must include climate education which would lead to a green jobs-ready workforce, a green consumer movement, and an educated and civically engaged citizenry around the world” said Kathleen Rogers, President of EarthDay.org, so emphasizing how this action will contribute to restore our Earth.
For this year’s Earth Day, President Joe Biden has invited 40 world leaders to attend a virtual Summit to emphasize the need for a stronger climate action.
I strongly believe that there must be an Earth Day every day, it is important to continue to take care of the Earth for humanity’s sake.