Earth Day 2021 is an annual event celebrated globally to support environmental protection. The day is celebrated on 22nd April every year. Originated in 1970, the event is now coordinated and celebrated internationally by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries across the globe.
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Earth Day History – Highlights of the major events
Earth Day was celebrated in April 1970 for the first time. It was created by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 to bring the environmental condition into the national agenda. On the first Earth Day, 20 million Americans took part in different U.S. cities.
In December 1970, Congress authorized the formation of a new federal agency (the U.S. Environmental Agency) to tackle the environmental issues.
After two years of Earth Day 1970 celebration, Congress passed the Clean Water Act.
Later on, after one year, Congress again passed the Endangered Species Act, and very soon it also passed Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. These laws protected millions of people from diseases and also protected hundreds of species from extinction.
In 1990, the Earth Day event went global when a group of environmental leaders approached Denis Hayes (a young activist & national coordinator) to organize another major campaign for the Earth.
In this year, almost 200 million people in 141 countries mobilized lifting the environmental issues onto the global platform; This year, President Bill Clinton awarded Senator Nelson with the “Presidential Medal of Freedom” which is one of the prestigious honours given to civilians in the U.S. Senator Nelson got this honour for his role as Earth Day founder.
In the millennium year, Earth Day was focused on global warming and clean energy. This time, the global event was celebrated with 5000 environmental groups and hundreds of millions of people from 184 countries worldwide.
Hundreds of thousands of people were gathered for a First Amendment Rally on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
On Earth Day 2010, 193 countries took part in the event, engaging more than 1 billion people. Over a decade, the event came at a stage of huge environmental challenge, i.e. climate change.
To tackle this great environmental issue, Earthday.org re-established the event as a major movement for global action to protect the environment.
In the year 2020, we have celebrated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. However, this time Earth Day entirely went digital due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The people were equally passionate to celebrate the global event.
Earth Day 2021 Theme
EDN (Earth Day Network) who is the organizing body for Earth Day global event has announced the theme for Earth Day 2021. The theme for the worldwide event this year is “Restore Our Earth”.
EDN has announced the theme after the consultation with the members of the world’s largest network in 192 countries. EDN announces the theme for the coming year after the Earth Day event.
All Previous Earth Day Themes
- Earth Day 2020 Theme – Climate Action
- 2019 Theme- Protect Our Species
- Earth Day 2018 Theme- End Plastic Pollution
- Theme 2017 Earth day- Environmental & Climate Literacy
- Theme 2016 Earth Day- “Trees for the Earth”
- 2015 Earth’s Theme- It’s Our Turn to Lead
- Earth Day 2014 Theme- Green Cities
- Theme 2013 Earth Day- The Face of Climate Change
- Earth Day 2012 Theme- Mobilize the Earth
- 2011 Theme- Clear the Air
- Earth Day 2010 Theme- A Billion Acts of Green
- Earth Day 2009 Theme- How Do You Get Around
- 2008 Theme- Trees Please
- Earth Day 2007 Theme- Be Kind to the Earth- starting from saving resources
- 2005 Earth Theme- Healthy Environment for Children.
Earth Day 2021 All Preparation
We have digitally celebrated Earth Day 2020, successfully maintaining all the necessary precautions, especially social-distancing. Now, we are stepping into Earth Day 2021 very soon. Earth Day 2021 will be celebrated on 22nd April (Thursday) by every individual across the world.
The annual event will be celebrated with the objective of restoration by reducing climate change. Restoration will also bring hope to minimize the impact of COVID-19.
On Earth Day, NASA finances educational/ hands-on science activities at Washington DC’s Union Station every year. However, NASA has not yet planned the activity events for Earth Day 2021.
Earth Day Network has developed a digital action plan to Restore Our Earth 2021. The digital action plan will be helpful to tackle air quality, insects’ population, plastic pollution, and other environmental issues in your area using the Earth Challenge App. To execute it, you need to download the app on your phone.
The digital action plan of EDN also includes many other plans like:
- Hosting environmental literacy webinars for students.
- Using school education handbooks to organize educational events, etc.
- Action plan to organize online seminars & awareness campaign for environmental issues.
- Making of video (1 minute) to support the environmental movement & share it.
- Go through environmental podcasts, movies, articles, etc., and also share the information with your friends and family members.
- Connect with local news outlets and radio channels to promote environmental awareness.
- Plantation of home garden and switch on to plant-based diet.
- Create online exhibitions and painting installations about environmental issues in your locality and their impact on climate change.
- Creation of a song based on Earth Day and our Restore Our Earth, etc.
Last Year Earth Day Celebrations – Brief Overview
Earth Day 2020 was very important for us as it was the 50th anniversary of the global event. This year Earth Day was celebrated with the theme “Climate Action”. The event went completely digital this year due to COVID-19. It happens for the first time in the history of Earth Day since its origin.
Coronavirus forced us to maintain a distance, but it did not force us to keep our voice down. We were more connected to each other through digital media power.
On the 50th anniversary of the Earth Day event, we used digital media to celebrate the day through global conversations, calls of action, performances, video teach-ins, etc.
One of the biggest digital events was organized on Earth Day 2020. The events were “Earth Day Live” co-hosted by Ed and Hayden Begley in the United States.
It was a three-day live stream event organized on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day from 22nd April to 24th April 2020.
The Earth Day Live was streamed online to promote social distancing during COVID-19. The event featured many musical performances, conversations with climate change activists, scientists, journalists, etc.
The president of Earth Day Network “Kathleen Rogers” said that Earth Day Live was a memorial event that showcased the flexibility of the world despite facing substantial global challenges, from COVID-19 to climate change.
Earth Day 2020 not only focused on environmental issues like traditional global events; instead, it also focused on society’s ability to manage the effects of climate change, such as the COVID-19 epidemic.
We have completed 50 years of journey celebrating Earth Day annually on 22nd April. It is a one-day event that gives us a platform to raise our voice to spread awareness for the betterment of the environment and humanity. Mother Earth is asking for help, and we need to step forward to restore mother Earth.