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The World Goes Green on Earth Day

This day is about raising awareness of the earth’s environment and learning how to protect and appreciate it.

The concept was proposed by John McConnel in 1969 but he chose as the Earth Day March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. One month later, Senator Gaylord Nelson proposed another Earth Day, on April 22.

Earth Day is an annual event dedicated to supporting environmental protection, taking place on April 22. This date was declared as International Mother Earth Day by a consensus resolution adopted by the United Nations in 2009. Promoting ecology and respect for life, the event raises problems regarding air, water and soil pollution.

In the present, this day is celebrated in over 192 countries every year and the activities are being coordinated by the Earth Day Network. Some communities celebrate a whole week of activities dedicated to this issue, Earth Week.

Usually, people celebrate April 22 by outdoor activities with groups performing acts of service to earth. Here we include planting trees, recycling and conservation, picking litter, or signing petitions regarding global warming or environment destruction.

The symbols used for Earth Day include an image or drawing of planet earth; a tree, a flower or leaves depicting growth; or the recycling symbol. Colors used for Earth Day include natural colors such as green, brown or blue. The “Earth Flag”, which was designed by John McConnell, has been described as a “flag for all people”. It features a two-sided dye printed image of the Earth from space on a dark blue field, made from recyclable, weather-resistant polyester.