22 April (international)
Earth Day reminds us to celebrate the earth and renew our commitment to building a safer, healthier and cleaner world for all. It calls for action and civic participation, to promoting the key principles of the 'Green Generation':
- A carbon-free future based on renewable energy, ending our dependency on fossil fuels;
- Collective individual commitment to responsible, sustainable consumption;
- Establishing a green economy, to lift people out of poverty and create sustainable green jobs;
- Creating a green global education system.
Earth Day was initiated by Senator Gaylord Nelson in the USA, over a period of seven years, starting in 1962. In 1970, he called for a grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment and invited US citizens to participate. There was a spontaneous response across the continent, and 20 million demonstrators and thousands of schools and local communities participated. This resulted in the emergence of Earth Day as a massive annual international event.