Earth Day 2017

Here is some important Points about Earth Day 2017

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  • Earth Day began in 1970 in the United States.
  • This year’s theme of ‘Environmental and Climate Literacy’ is especially relevant because staying in denial or ignorance is no longer affordable.
  • Celebrated every year on 22nd April.
  • The idea of commemorating such a day annually was proposed by Gaylord Nelson,

The idea of commemorating such a day annually was proposed by Gaylord Nelson, a US senator from Wisconsin who had witnessed the ravages of an enormous oil spill in 1969 in Santa Barbara, California. The grassroots movement behind the first celebration of Earth Day eventually paved the path for a series of groundbreaking Environmental laws in the US, such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and creation of the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Since the first celebration 47 years ago, decades have passed and developing countries of the world have increasingly found themselves in the tight spot of battling the ravages to their own natural heritage and also dealing with the collective destruction to planet Earth meted out over the last century by the contemporary developed countries. By the 1990s, Earth Day had gone global. PM Narendra Modi, in addition to a number of state chief ministers, tweeted this morning to give a shoutout to Earth Day, which is celebrated on April 22 worldwide, referring to it as “a day of gratitude to Mother Earth & a day to reiterate our firm resolve to keep our planet clean & green.”