Today, the world is celebrating Earth Day, a day to encourage and support environmental protection. Rallies, outdoor activities and festivals are arranged in several countries all over the world to mark the special day.
Global warming is a prime issue that the world is dealing with these days. Scientists have warned that the temperature of the planet can increase by 6C by the year 2100. The statement marks the importance of Earth Day, with countries taking steps to move towards the green movement.
The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 as a response to the massive 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. The event was organized by Gaylord Nelson, who was a US Senator for Wisconsin that time.
Some Facts About Earth Day
Though Earth Day 2015 is being celebrated on April 22, in 1970, John McConnell, a peace activist, wanted to celebrate the event on March 21, the first day of spring.
International Earth Day is celebrated in 192 nations all over the world. Nearly 200 million people participated in the 1990 campaign, a huge step to make people aware about the benefits of recycling.
There is a Facebook campaign for Earth Day 2015, according to which, more than 1 billion seeds will be planted today.
Celebrities like Jessica Alba and Leonardo DiCaprio are doing their bit to promote a healthy Earth through campaigns and speeches.
On the other hand, Apple, the world leader in gadgets, has dedicated a section for eco-friendly apps in their stores to mark Earth Day 2015.
Warnings That Will Keep You Involved In The Event
In the last 100 years, the average global temperature has increased by 0.6 degree Celsius. Climate change causes a lot of flood and displacement among people.
Worldwide, around 600,000 deaths occur every year due to climate change, and developing countries account for 95% of the same.
While 5% of the population lives in USA, carbon emission accounts for 22%, which is alarming.
Food price can increase 60% by 2030 due to climate change, as reported by Oxfam.