World Earth Day: April 22

Every year, the World Earth Day is celebrated on April 22. The first World Earth Day was celebrated in 1970.

Background

In 1969, the Peace Activist John McConnell proposed to celebrate World Earth Day to honour the earth. It was first proposed to be celebrated on March 21, 1970, which is the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere.

Paris Agreement

On the World Earth Day, in 2016, the landmark Paris Agreement was signed by China, United States and other 120 countries.

World Earth Day, 2021

This year, US President Joe Biden has invited leaders of forty top economies of the world including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jing Ping to the Leader’s Summit on Climate. The virtual meet is to be held on World Earth Day.

This year, in 2021, the World Earth Day is celebrated under the following the theme:

Theme: Restore our Earth

About World Earth Day

The World Earth Day celebrations are organised by Earth Society Foundation. It was founded by John McConnel.

Equinox Earth Day

Every year, the Equinox Earth Day is celebrated on March 20 (or 21). It marks the arrival of spring in the Northern hemisphere and autumn in southern hemisphere. It is also called the Equinoctial Earth Day. The first Equinox Earth Day was celebrated in 1970.

Japanese Peace Bell and Earth Day

The Peace Bell is rung twice or thrice a year. Once during the celebrations of World Earth Day that falls on April 22.

It is also rung on Equinox Earth Day. The Japanese Peace Bell was donated to the United Nations by Japan.

Apart from these days, sometimes it is also rung on every opening day of the United Nations General Assembly yearly session. This is usually held in the month of September.

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