Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Earth Day 2009

Earth Day, celebrated April 22, is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. It is held annually during both spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn in the southern hemisphere.

Now in its 39th year, Earth Day 2009 will be marked on April 22 with the launch of the "green generation" campaign. It's an ambitious two-year plan that Earth Day's organizers hope will motivate people across the world to reverse environmental decline through a renewed focus on grassroots actions.

The day itself will be marked by events across the world, from gatherings at the National Mall in Washington D.C. to a two-day festival in Tokyo's Yoyogi Park. But the organizers hope that the festivities of the day itself will go further and help to usher in a revolution in minds and lifestyles. There are also more than 40 events registered to take place in China, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea and India.

* Earth Day 1970; Earth Day marks the beginning of the modern environmental movement. Approximately 20 million people participated, with a goal of a healthy, sustainable environment.

* Earth Day 1990; Mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting the status of environmental issues onto the world stage, it gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide and helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

* Earth Day 2000 sent the message loud and clear that citizens the world 'round wanted quick and decisive action on clean energy.

* Earth Day 2007 was one of the largest Earth Days to date, with an estimated billion people participating in the activities in thousands of places like Kiev, Ukraine; Caracas, Venezuela; Tuvalu; Manila, Philippines; Togo; Madrid, Spain; London; and New York.

Some say its also Lenins birthday, causing some on the right to regard Earth Day as a communist trick! But some sources have him born on April 10, perhaps we have a conspiracy.


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