Earth Day is a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. While this first Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues. In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 International Mother Earth Day.
The first Earth Day celebration was in the year 1970. In the Northern Hemisphere, Earth day is celebrated in spring and in the Southern Hemisphere, it is celebrated in autumn.
It is on spring equinox that United Nations celebrates their Earth Day every year, generally the date of which falls on 20 March. This custom was devised by peace activist John McConnell in the year 1969.
To mention specifically, the United Nations celebrated the first Earth day on the spring equinox in the year 1971. Earth Day concept is same to that of the World Environment Day.
Importance of Earth day
Earth Day, which is a grand celebration in the US on April 22nd, has raised the bars of awareness and inspiration among masses about the environment of the Earth. On this day, people of all ages participate in various Earth day activities and strives towards making this Earth a better place to live. The involvement of the kids in varied Earth day crafts is really exciting. It gives them a clear idea about the essence of Earth day and its vested importance.