Interesting Facts about Earth Day for IAS Exam

UPSC IAS Prelims conducted by Union Public Services Commission annually in three different stages –Prelims, Mains, and interview. The current affairs area is a very significant portion in UPSC IAS Exam Syllabus. This is a very dynamic and undefined topic in UPSC syllabus.  

Every year on April 22nd we celebrate Earth Day. The Earth day is conducted in more than192 countries around the world. The Earth Day is expected to display backing for conserving the environment.

UNESCO Conference held in 1969 recommended selecting March 21st, 1970 as the first Earth Day. The United States chose to celebrate a separate Earth Day on April 22nd annually. Later this date became the internationally accepted Earth Day in 1990. There are also several communities that backing environmental issues by celebrating Earth Week.

It is very important to refer all the important dates related to environment and others for UPSC IAS Examination. The Earth Day 2017’s Campaign is Environmental and Climate Literacy.

Here we are giving some interesting fact about the Earth Day.

  1. Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day while he was working as a US senator.
  2. The maiden Earth Day was observed on April 22, 1970.
  3. On the first Earth Day, 20 million people assembled in the streets of the USA to protest against the industrial revolution. As a result of it, an environmental movement originated.
  4. Earth Day celebrated in the United States but later became acknowledged universally by 1990.
  5. Disney released a documentary film called Earth that trailed the relocation paths of four animal families On Earth Day 2009.
  6. Annually on April 22, people all over the world clean up garbage, plant many trees, clean up coral reefs, display movies, sign petitions, and plan processes and policies for an improved future for our planet.
  7. Earth Day was retitled officially by the United Nations in 2009 as International Mother Earth Day.
  8. In 2011, Afghanistan saw 28 million trees being planted.
  9. On Earth Day 2012, over a hundred thousand people rode bicycles in China to diminish carbon dioxide emissions and save fuel.
  10. 100 endangered species of orchids were planted and preserved to prevent their extinction in respect of Earth Day in Panama.

Earth Day 2018 Theme

This year’s theme of the Earth Day was ‘End Plastic Pollution’.

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