What is Earth Day? Everything you need to know about the annual event

Earth Day takes place every year on April 22.
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In just a couple of days, millions will come together to celebrate Earth Day – but what exactly is it?

This year’s event will be the 51st annual event, after Earth Day was established in the US in 1970. Taking place on April 22 every year, Earth Day brings together millions of people in support of our environment and highlights the action needed to save the planet.

Kathleen Rogers, president of EarthDay.org, told Vogue, ‘This Earth Day, we have an important opportunity to challenge our leaders to commit to climate action on a global scale.

‘We are at the edge of a cliff — if we don’t act now to reduce carbon emissions, there will be no way back.’

Here, we explain what exactly Earth Day is.

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What is Earth Day?

Earth Day is an annual event, which aims to raise awareness on the very present threat to our environment and drive action on the climate crisis.

It takes place all over the globe. In the US, President Joe Biden has invited 40 world leaders to take place in a virtual summit on Earth Day, while Biden is expected to announce increased emissions-reduction targets and encourage other nations to follow in the country’s footsteps. The event will be livestreamed.

When does it take place?

Earth Day takes place on April 22 every year, which lands on Thursday this year.

This year’s event however will span three days from 20 – 22 April. You can see all the digital and physical events taking place around the world here.

Earth Day began over 50 years ago in 1970 and this year it’s more vital than ever before.

What is this year’s theme?

Earth Day’s theme this year is ‘Restore Our Earth’. While we’re always encouraged to consider how to reduce our impact on the environment, this year we’re also being urged to focus on how we can repair the world’s ecosystems too.

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