Earth Day 2022: All You Need to Know about its History, Significance

Earth Day 2022
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Every year on April 22, Earth Day serves as a reminder to protect the environment, restore damaged ecosystems, and live a more sustainable lifestyle. This year celebrates the 52nd year of the event, which began in 1970.

What is Earth Day?

Since 1970, Earth Day has been observed. The first time it was witnessed was in the United States, when 20 million people came to the streets to protest the Santa Barbara oil disaster in 1969. Since then, the event has helped to raise awareness about a variety of environmental issues.

In reality, on Earth Day in 2016, nearly 200 countries signed the landmark Paris Agreement to set a shared aim to reduce global greenhouse emissions.

The objective of, the world’s largest environmental organization, is to “diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide,” according to the website.

The United Nations declared April 22nd as “International Mother Earth Day” in 2009.

International Mother Earth Day, according to the United Nations, is observed to remind us that the Earth and her ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance. “The planet — and its people – will be healthier if our ecosystems are healthy.” Ending poverty, combating climate change, and preventing mass extinction would all benefit from restoring our devastated ecosystems. “However, we will only succeed if everyone contributes,” the UN says.

What is the importance of Earth Day?

Over the last decade or so, we’ve seen a surge of climate disasters that have impacted millions of people, from high heat to wildfires and floods. According to the United Nations, the Covid-19 epidemic is also linked to the health of our biosphere.

“Climate change, man-made alterations to nature, and crimes that damage biodiversity, such as deforestation, land-use change, expanded agriculture and livestock production, or the rising illegal wildlife trafficking, can hasten the planet’s annihilation,” the UN says.

What is the theme of Earth Day 2022?

The theme for this year’s Earth Day is ‘Invest In Our Planet,’ according to “This is the moment to change everything,” it says, “the business climate, the political climate, and how we take climate action.” Now is the moment to summon the indomitable bravery to preserve and safeguard our health, our families, and our livelihoods… we must all work together to ‘Invest In Our Planet.'” It also serves as a reminder that time is running out.