Celebrated on April 22, the Earth Day is the biggest environmental event dedicated to the Planet which every year involves millions of people. The aim of this day is to shed light on the most urgent ecological issues, from global warming to deforestation.
The Earth Day was born thanks to John Mc Connell, an American ecologist who in 1969, during the UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, proposed a day dedicated to the celebration of our Planet. The proposal got a great success and the first International Earth Day took place in America in 1970. Given the event’s triumph, it became a fixed event that today is celebrated in 192 countries every year. It was the United Nations that chose to celebrate it on April 22: one month and two days after the spring equinox.
Every year there is a different subject and this year, which is the 51st anniversary, the subject is Restore Our Earth. Therefore the objective is not only to reduce the environmental impact, but also to make amends for the damages we already did.
Given the health emergency caused by Covid-19 spread, in 2020 the Earth Day became completely digital for the first time in history. This year there are many digital initiatives too: the president of the United States, Joe Biden, has organized a virtual conference on the climate to which more than 40 international leaders will participate. In Italy instead, there will be the second edition of #OnePeopleOnePlanet, a multimedia marathon in live streaming on RaiPlay.
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