A Day to celebrate: Earth Day

On April 22, 1970, the United States Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day as an environmental teach-in first held at New York City. It is basically a day that is proposed to encourage awareness and gratitude for our planets natural environment.

According to the founder of this momentous occasion, Senator Nelson, the name “Earth Day” was an understandable and reasonable name for such event. This was suggested by a lot of people in 1969. It is also said that it was chosen because it rhymes with “birthday”. The link seemed natural. Other names were considered during the preparations, however, Senator Nelson continued to identify it as the National Environment Teach-In, except that press coverage of this event was virtually unanimous calling it Earth Day, and so the name was fix.

Nowadays, Earth Day is coordinated worldwide by the EDN (Earth Day Network) and is currently being celebrated in at least more than 175 countries yearly. While a lot of communities would celebrate Earth Week which is entirely a week full of activities persistent on many environmental issues. The United Nations has chosen April 22nd to be the International Mother Earth-Day in 2009.

Kurt Waldheim, Secretary-General of the United Nations, examines Earth Day and finds out comparable ceremonies in 1972 on the March equinox which has continued every year since that day.

In 1978, Margaret Mead declared her support for the event. She considers the day to be holy that transcends every national borders, nevertheless; preserves every geographical uprightness, oceans and spans mountains and time belts, and thus far brings individuals around the world into one reverberating accord, is dedicated to the protection of the synchronization in nature and so far draws in the lead of the triumphs of knowledge, the measurement of time, as well as instantaneous contact through space.

The event draws on astronomical occurrence in a fresh and new way. This is also the for the most part how the ancients did by utilizing the vernal equinox; this is the time when the sun is crossing the equator which makes night and day the same in every parts of the world. At this point in time the yearly calendar, the event appends no local or discordant set of symbols, as well as no announcement of truth or dominance of way of life over the other. Other than the variety of March equinox which makes planetary observation as a shared event as possible, and a banner that shows our planet which can be seen out in space.

At the instance of the equinox, the traditional view is to basically observe the event by making noises using the Japanese Peace Bell. This was given by the Japanese government to the United Nations. Over the past years, celebrations have taken place in a variety of places around the world and at the same time with the UN celebration. It is basically a grand celebration of our planets beauty and the preservation of every life form that inhabits it. A day to celebrate peace and honour our planet.


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