April 22 is a very important day for everyone on the planet. That’s because it’s Earth Day.
The original Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 after the idea was proposed by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson as a way to educate the country about the environment. In 1970 Congress created the Environmental Protection Agency and passed the Clean Air Act.
This year’s Earth Day theme, “Protect Our Species,” focuses on helping endangered and threatened species. According to Earth Day Network’s website, “the unprecedented global destruction and rapid reduction of plant and wildlife populations are directly linked to causes driven by human activity: climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides to name a few. The impacts are far-reaching.”
The organization’s goals are:
- Educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.
- Achieve major policy victories that protect broad groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats.
- Build and activate a global movement that embraces nature and its values.
- Encourage individual actions such as adopting plant-based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use.
Google is also celebrated Earth Day 2019 with an interactive doodle that features facts about six “awe-inspiring organisms” that can be found on our planet.