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Earth Day 2023: 5 Earth Day Facts for Kids

April 22, 2023 - Martina Igini

Earth is home to 8 billion people, 300,000 plant species, about 10 million animal species, and over 600,000 types of fungi. It is also the only planet in our galaxy that can support life. For this reason, it is extremely important that we take good care of it. Climate change is one of the biggest threats of our lifetime and we need to do whatever we can to reverse it. Earth Day reminds us of what is threatening our planet but also how we can all do our part to help and support the environment.  Here are 5 interesting facts about Earth Day for kids.

5 Earth Day Facts for Kids

1. The First Earth Day Was Celebrated in 1970

It was inspired by protests during the Vietnam War. At that time, very harmful human activities such as oil spills, the uncontrolled use of pesticides, and deadly smog, were a daily occurrence. Because of this, people wanted to take action to stop activities that were so bad for our environment.

2. Earth Day Takes Place in More Than 192 Countries

Despite being celebrated almost exclusively in the United States for almost 20 years, Earth Day has now become an internationally recognised day. Every year, celebrations bring together more than one billion people across the world.

3. We Always Celebrate Earth Day on April 22

The date was chosen on purpose to encourage more college students to join celebrations and protests on this day, as it fell exactly between spring break and final exams. On April 22 of every year, rallies, concerts, and outdoor activities are organised worldwide.

4. Earth Day Initiatives Have Done Amazing Things Worldwide

The first edition of Earth Day led to the adoption of very important environmental laws in the United States, including the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. On April 22, 2011, 28 million trees were planted in Afghanistan to bring  green areas back to life that were destroyed during the country’s long conflict. And in 2016, the United Nations chose Earth Day to sign the famous Paris Agreement.

5. This Year Marks the 53nd Earth Day with the Theme ‘Invest In Our Planet’

Every edition of Earth Day has a different theme. This year, it focuses on the importance of working together and investing our resources and energy to help our planet. When we safeguard the Earth, we not only protect our health, our families, and our livelihoods but we also help preserve very important ecosystems.

How You Can Celebrate Earth Day

Don’t forget that our planet is the most important resource we have. This Earth Day, ​​join millions of people around the world in doing something meaningful for our world. For example, you can learn how to compost or how to grow your own little plant. You can also pick up a piece of plastic that you find outside, and if you want to do more, you can check out what is happening in your city on the Earth Day website!

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About the Author

Martina Igini

Martina is an environmental journalist based in Hong Kong. She holds two Bachelor's degrees, one in Journalism and one in Translation and Interpreting Studies as well as a Master's degree in International Development. Passionate about writing and languages, her interests include sustainability and the role of public policy in environmental protection, especially in developing countries. She has extensive experience working as a journalist and in 2020, she joined the outreach team of the United Nations Global Communication Department. She currently works for Earth.Org and is the website's main writer and editor.