Happy International Earth Day my fellow earthlings! Here at The International Center we are all about bringing people from different backgrounds together, and I would say there is almost no better reason to come together then to promote the concept of peace and to celebrate this beautiful planet.
The official International Earth Day is April 22. However Earth Day festivities take place around the world all week. This week over 500 million people in more than 192 countries will participate in Earth day events. This makes Earth Day the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by people from all different faiths, nationalities, and backgrounds.
First established in 1970, Earth Day’s creation the United States also marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement. Over the past 46 years, international leaders and citizens have come together on this day to celebrate and advocate for environmental actions. In 1990, Earth Day was designated an official international holiday and was celebrated in 142 different countries.
Since its creation, Earth Day celebrations have taken many different forms all around the world. However, Earth Day events celebrated by people of different cultures and by people on different continents do have many of the same general themes: informing the public about environmental concerns, educating the public on how these concerns can be addressed, and advocating for the actions that need to be taken to make all our daily lives more environmentally friendly.
How do people around the world celebrate such an important day?