10 Fascinating Facts About Earth Day 2021 That You Did Not Know!

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Earth Day 2021 will be celebrated on Thursday, April 22 and we must understand the importance of Earth Day and take steps for its betterment. For years, we have been exploiting our mother Earth by releasing toxic gases into the atmosphere and over-consuming natural resources. We're facing water scarcity, air pollution, deforestation and more such issues. Many exotic species in the world have come dangerously close to extinction and if that's not a wake-up call, then we don't know what is.

Earth day is to remind us that we do not have a planet B and hence, the theme of Earth Day 2021 is ‘Restore Our Earth’. If that information intrigued you, then here are some more facts about Earth Day that you should definitely know about.

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    10 Interesting Earth Day Facts That Will Blow Your Mind!

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    Here are some interesting facts about Earth Day that you should definitely know.

    1. Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson Started Earth Day

    Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson was an American politician, United States Senator and governor. He was also an environmentalist who founded Earth Day in 1970. It happened when he observed that people were protesting the Vietnam War but they were not concerned about the damage being imposed on the planet because of smog, pesticides, etc.

    2. The Date Was Intended To Attract College Students

    Around 1970, April 22 fell between the spring break and final exams. Hence, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson and Denis Hayes chose April 22 as Earth Day. Hayes is a grad student who internationalised Earth Day and started the Earth Day Foundation.

    3. 20 Million Americans Participated

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    Earth Day had a very strong start with around 20 million Americans celebrating it for the first time. Over the years, the holiday has appealed to mass audiences and is currently being celebrated in more than 192 countries among more than 1 billion people.

    4. International Mother Earth Day

    Another Earth Day fact is that it is also celebrated as International Mother Earth Day in many countries. The named was coined by the United Nations for the first time in 2009.

    5. Creation of EPA

    Earth Day was the reason why the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was approved in the first place. President Richard Nixon in 1970 approved EPA and legislation were passed on clean air and clean water, toxic substances, as well as endangered species.

    6. Earth Day Is For Everyone

    You do not need to be of any particular nationality or race to celebrate Earth Day. This planet belongs equally to everyone and the responsibility of protecting and preserving it also lies on all of us. 

    7. Earth & Equinox Days Are Different

    Equinox Day is also celebrated to remind people of the need to protect and care for the environment and our planet. It is celebrated in March, at the earliest arrival of spring.

    8. Earth Day’s Theme Song Was Written By An Indian

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    One of the most interesting facts about Earth Day is that it has its own anthem. The theme song was written by an Indian poet named Abhay Kumar in 2013. It has been converted into all different official languages of the United States.

    9. The Movement Has Mass Appeal

    Earth Day is not just celebrated for the heck of it but has inspired real change globally as well. In 2011 alone, more than 28 million trees were planted in Afghanistan. The campaign was called "Plant Trees Not Bombs". In 2012, 100,000 people rode their bikes in China to reduce the emission of harmful gasses. 

    10. The Theme of Earth Day Is Not Constant

    The theme of Earth Day is different every year. It generally depends on the pressing environmental issue for that year. In 1990, the movement focussed on recycling. In 2000, the theme was all about global warming as well as clean energy. A decade later, the movement observed the largest environmental service project that was called A Billion Acts of Green. The theme of Earth Day 2021 is ‘Restore Our Earth’ that reminds us to take strict actions right away. 

    More Information on Earth Day

    Earth Day Slogans: Here are more Earth Day facts, slogans and quotes that you can share with your friends and family to remind them of the need to protect our planet.

    Earth Day Activities: You might be planning earth day activities for kids this earth day. Here's a list of activties which you can opt for earth day event.

    World Environment Day: Now that you have learned all about Earth Day, it is time that you know everything about World Environment Day as well. Here are some quotes, slogans, and facts about World Environment Day to get you started.

    World Water Day Quotes: With 70% of the Earth's surface and 60% of the human body being water, it is surprising to know that there is water scarcity in so many parts of the world. The reason is the blatant wastage of water and pollution. World Water Day is a reminder that water is the most precious resource and we need to conserve it at all costs. Here are some World Water Day facts and quotes that you should know about.

    Save Earth Slogans in Hindi : This Earth Day share some inspiring save earth slogans in hindi to encourage your family and friends to reduce reuse and recycle.

    Earth Day History in Hindi : This year, we celebrate Earth Day on Wednessday, April 22. ... I hope Earth Day 2021 is greatest day in the history of forever.

    Hope these Earth Day facts motivate you to take corrective steps.

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