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Earth Day And How It’s Celebrated Around The World

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Earth Day is an annual event celebrated worldwide to promote environmental awareness. It encourages people to take action to protect our planet. From community clean up campaigns to environmental education programs and sustainable living workshops, there are many ways in which people celebrate Earth Day around the globe. In today’s age it has grown into a global phenomenon. Millions of people participate in yearly activities to support sustainability and conservation efforts.

A Global Movement

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Earth Day is now a global movement.

It was first celebrated in 1970, in the United States. The event was originally created by US Senator Gaylord Nelson. He originally planned for Earth Day to be a national holiday in the US. However, it quickly acquired popularity and spread to other nations. Earth Day is seen as having gone global in 1990, when the 20th anniversary of the event was commemorated. That day’s events drew an estimated 200 million participants from 141 different nations. As a result, it was the biggest civic gathering in human history.

Since that time, Earth Day has gained popularity, and today people from all around the world participate in it. The widespread celebration of Earth Day acts as a potent reminder that everyone has a role to play in preserving our world. We must work together to address the pressing environmental issues we are now experiencing.

Earth Day In The United States

Earth Day in the United States.

When the United States observes Earth Day, a number of events happen all across the country. To clear local parks, rivers, and other natural areas of trash and rubbish, several municipalities hold clean-up days. Several localities organize special recycling drives to encourage homeowners to recycle materials that aren’t often accepted by curbside recycling programs. Workshops on subjects like climate change, conservation, and sustainable living are held by educational institutions such as schools and universities. These workshops also focus on educating participants on eco-friendly practices such as gardening, composting and energy conservation.

To increase public awareness of environmental issues and demand legislative change, many activists and environmental organizations take part in demonstrations and protests. The National Parks System in the United States is among the most stunning and well-maintained in the entire globe. The National Parks participate completely in Earth Day. They present unique animal tours, escorted walks, and educational programs designed to advance conservation. 

The Sustainable Fashion Week, which debuted in New York City in 2019, features designers of sustainable clothing. Its primary objective is to draw attention to the negative effects that the fashion industry has on the environment and society. Additionally, in the city of San Francisco, there is an annual E-waste recycling event on Earth Day. The goal of this recycling drive is to promote responsible disposal of electronic waste.  

Celebrating In Europe

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Earth Day in Europe

Europeans have the chance to promote environmental policy at the municipal, national, and international levels on Earth Day. This frequently entails contacting elected officials, submitting petitions, and taking part in political campaigns. To increase public awareness of environmental challenges and spur policy change, climate activists in Europe frequently organize strikes and protests on Earth Day. There are other programs as well, such as the promotion of eco-friendly transportation via bike sharing and public transportation.

Every year, hundreds of cyclists cycle through the Dutch city of Amsterdam. This is part of the “Amsterdam Bike Ride” to raise awareness of climate change. Another popular Earth Day celebration, particularly in France, are Earth Day Markets. Places where people can shop, trade and learn about locally sourced, sustainable and eco-friendly products within their respective towns and cities. Furthermore, events centered on gardening, which encourage sustainable food production and seek to re-connect people with nature, are quite popular in the United Kingdom.

Earth Day In Asia

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Earth Day in Asia

On Earth Day 2016, India planted an astounding 50 million trees in a single day! Since then the government has set a goal of planting 2.5 billion trees by 2030. The Earth Day Network and local partners in the Philippines conducted a massive cleanup of the Manila-Bay Shoreline in 2019. By the end of the day they had collected over 200 000 pieces of trash. Thailand’s local communities and the government jointly arrange river clean-up days to clear the nation’s waterways of rubbish and debris.

Celebrating Earth Day In Central And South America

Earth Day in The Americas

In Costa Rica an annual exposition on sustainable tourism. It’s aim is to highlight both the country’s natural beauty and eco-friendly travel. In Mexico there are a variety of Earth Day activities taking place with a large focus being on reforestation and beach clean-up initiatives. In Brazil, Earth Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of preserving the Amazon rainforest and protecting local communities. People typically celebrate the region’s unique biodiversity and cultural legacy on this day through cultural activities and tree planting.

Africa’s Earth Day Celebrations

A variety of plant based foods.

Earth Day in Africa

On Earth Day, a campaign called “Clean Up Zimbabwe” brings people together to clean up their neighborhoods and public spaces. Organizations offer agriculture workshops in Kenya to educate farmers about sustainable farming methods and the value of biodiversity. On Earth Day, Morocco unveiled one of the largest solar energy projects in the world; investors have so far invested more than $5.2 billion in this national initiative. 

In South Africa there are many music festivals that combine live music and art to promote environmental sustainability. One such festival is the Greenpop Festival of Action which encourages tree planting and environmental workshops during the day, and dancing and music at night. Similar activities take place in Tanzania, with tree planting events happening in National Parks and there is always a focus on promoting Tanzania’s Wildlife Conservation. 

Earth Day Down Under

Earth Day Down Under

In 2007, Australia became the first country to implement the Earth Hour Movement, which encourages people and organizations to turn off their lights for one hour. This movement has since spread to 188 countries and territories worldwide! In recent years there has been a growing emphasis on the role of young people in environmental activism in Australia. Due to this there are many universities and schools that organize Earth Day celebrations within their communities. 

Earth Day In The Middle East

In the Middle East, Earth Day is celebrated and recognized in various ways. For example, in the UAE there is a series of events that aims to raise awareness about climate change and encourage individuals to take action to reduce their carbon footprint. In Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture organizes various events such as tree planting campaigns and environmental education programs.  


While there may be regional variations in how Earth Day is observed, the fundamental message is the same everywhere. To save our world and ensure that everyone has a sustainable future, we must act. Earth Day serves as a reminder that everyone has a responsibility to preserve the environment and our natural resources for future generations.

When it comes to protecting the environment, we can all make a difference, whether it be through our individual activities or our group efforts. Let’s continue to work together to create a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable planet as we commemorate Earth Day this year!