Happy Earth Day!

Today celebrates the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day, the year in which world leaders pass a binding climate change treaty. This is the year when citizens and organisations divert from fossil fuels and put their money into renewable energy solutions. Here are a few facts that you may not know about Earth day;

  1. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970.
  2. Earth Day started in the US but became recognized around the world by 1990.
  3. On Earth Day 2009, Disney released a documentary film called earth that followed the migration paths of four animal families.
  4. On the very first Earth Day, 20 million people gathered in the streets of America to protest the industrial revolution.
  5. Every year, men, women and children collect garbage, plant trees, clean up coral reefs, show movies, sign petitions and plan for a better future for our planet.
  6. The UN renamed Earth day in 2009 as International Mother Earth Day.
  7. On Earth Day 2012, more than 100,000 people rode bikes in China to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel.
  8. In 2011, the Earth Day Network planted 28 million trees in Afghanistan.
  9. In Panama, 100 endangered species of orchids were planted and maintained to prevent their extinction in honour of Earth Day.
  10. Some schools and communities celebrate Earth Day for a whole week to expand the time frame that people focus on the earth and how they can preserve it.


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