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EVERY year since 1970, 22nd April has marked Earth Day. The aim is to raise awareness and celebrate the protection of the planet through conservation work.

The day seeks to tackle environmental issues, including pollution and climate change.

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An estimated one billion people across more than 190 countries celebrate Earth Day.   

History of Earth Day

Earth Day is reported to have been started by Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin after he saw the disastrous environmental effects of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill.

The senator was so shocked that he decided to dedicate a day to the prevention of similar events in the future.

The first official Earth Day saw 20 million people in America take to the streets in protest of the polluting effects of industry.

That was approximately 10% of the US population at that time.

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Senator Nelson wanted to inject the enthusiasm of the student political voice, which was very outspoken against the Vietnam War at the time, into conservation efforts.

Hence, 22nd April was chosen as the event date because it fell between Spring Break and final exams, maximising the likelihood of student participation.  

Earth Day 2022

Each year has a specific theme, this year it’s “Invest in Our Planet”.

The Earth Day website states that: “We must act (boldly), innovate (broadly), and implement (equitably)”.

With this year’s theme in mind: “Now is the time for the unstoppable courage to preserve and protect our health, our families, our livelihoods”.

Some big events are organised, for instance, New York is preparing for its annual car-free Earth Day.

On Saturday 23rd April, for the fifth year in a row, between 11am and 5pm, more than 100 streets will be car free. 

What can you do?

It can feel overwhelming trying to think of a way to make an impact on a big issue, when you’re an individual.

However, the concept is to encourage lots of individual efforts, so that they add up to big changes.

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For instance, you might want to plant a tree in honour of Earth Day.

That may only be one tree. However, cumulatively, Earth Day (and the Canopy Project) has inspired tens of millions of trees to be planted since 2010.

Sun Bingo has some suggestions for other small but mighty changes

  • Be conscious of food miles by calculating your food print.
  • Use reusable bags / bottles / cups.
  • Switch to online billing, rather than receiving a hard copy.
  • Switch to a vegetarian or vegan diet once or twice a week.
  • Unsubscribe to catalogues – over 100 million trees are cut down each year to produce the paper for junk mail.
  • Play bingo online – it’ll save paper!

Look out for Earth Day events near you on Friday 22 April 2022.

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