Earth Day has become a prevalent global movement towards a sustainable environment by addressing key issues such as climate change. It is more than just a day where we appreciate our earth; it’s a drive towards protecting our planet for future generations.
The very first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 took place during the beginning of environmental awareness in America, mobilizing millions of Americans to take action. The creation of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and many other groundbreaking environmental legislations in America soon followed. 20 years later in 1990, Earth Day had gone global with over 200 million people engaged in 141 countries. Now, 46 years later, Earth Day has actively involved over 1 billion people. This makes it the largest environmental movement in the world!
This year, Earth Day is focused on the importance of trees. Sounds simple enough, but trees are part of a complex solution to battling global climate change. Trees are vital tools to offsetting carbon that we emit each day. Carbon offset refers to a reduction in atmospheric carbon dioxide in order to compensate for emissions made elsewhere, essentially with the goal of a net-zero carbon emission (aka carbon-neutral).