With the theme of ‘Invest in our planet’, this year’s Earth Day falls on April 22. We look at its purpose and some of the events and activities happening around the world.
What will you be doing on Friday 22 April? If you follow the environmental news, chances are you will know that April 22 is Earth Day, an annual event created to demonstrate support for the environment and focus attention on the planet. Celebrated by an estimated one billion people around the world, Earth Day aims to encourage activities and discussion around environmental causes – some lasting a month, others lasting decades.
This year, the theme for Earth Day is ‘Invest in our Planet’, which is designed to prompt individuals, businesses and governments to invest in technologies and practices that can benefit the environment. For example, New York will be closing off its streets to encourage more people to walk and cycle around the city, while many British towns and cities are organising clean-up events.