Earth Day 2019 theme: Know the history and significance of the day for ecological awareness

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New Delhi | Updated: April 22, 2019 12:36:08 PM

Earth Day Network (EDN), a nonprofit which runs World Earth Day, are encouraging their supporters to raise awareness on the issue.

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Earth Day is an annual event observed on April 22 supporting environmental protection. It began in the United States in 1970 as a protest against the negative impacts of industrial development on the environment. The event had a great impact and resulted in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and strong environmental laws in the US as the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.

Over the years, Earth Day became a global event and today it is celebrated in more than 193 countries. On this day, people march with signs and petitions demanding lawmakers to pass policies that can save the environment.

Earth Day 2019 Theme and Significance
Every year the Earth Day is observed around a particular theme aimed to highlight a cause related to the planet. The theme for Earth Day 2019 is to ‘Protect Our Species.’ This year’s theme is created to focus on the destruction caused to plants and wildlife populations mainly due to human activity. Some of the main reasons include climate change, deforestation, poaching, and pollution.

Earth Day Network (EDN), a nonprofit which runs World Earth Day, are encouraging their supporters to raise awareness on the issue. They are urging individual actions like adopting a plant-based diet and stopping the use of pesticide and herbicide.

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According to EDN, they have been organizing and overseeing Earth Day every year since 1970. This year they are focusing on species that are losing their habitat. According to the group, we are losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the normal rate. EDN is trying to raise awareness about the problem our nature is facing and the need to understand its urgency.

Students, office goers, activists, and even children participate in Earth Day events across countries. Thousands of students from colleges, universities and other educational institutions actively take part in the protest. They walk on streets holding placards and banners highlighting various issues the planet is currently facing.

Tree plantation is held on a large scale along with picking up roadside waste materials. Various events on waste recycling, energy conservation and many other similar activities trying to save nature are held.

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