Earth Day: Earth Day Activities and 8 Interesting Facts


Medically reviewed by

Dr. Vikas Kumar Sharma

General Health

4 min read

Key Takeaways

  • The year 2022 will mark the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day
  • Planting a tree is one of the Earth Day activities you can try
  • The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson

Earth Day was celebrated for the first time on April 22, 1970. Every year since then, Earth Day has been celebrated on the same day to make people aware of the effects of pollution on humans as well as the environment. The first Earth Day was organized to put forth the adverse effects of pollution, which the global population, at large, was unaware of. Read on more about Earth Day 2022 and its theme.

Earth Day 2022 marks the 52nd celebration of the modern environmental movement. This year, people across the globe aim to shed light on how now is the time to invest in our planet and protect it. Earth Day celebration usually aims to focus on various things, from deforestation to climate change and plastic pollution. Read on to know some facts about Earth Day and how you can make your bid by participating in Earth Day activities. 

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The theme for the Earth Day 2022

The theme for this year’s Earth Day is “Invest in our Planet.” This theme aims to bring awareness about the urgent need for action to protect the planet. The day also brings awareness about the damage to the climate that is impacting our world today. It is also pivotal for everyone to understand the part they play in shaping the world for the upcoming generations.

Earth Day activities 

Make this Earth Day celebration an opportunity to give something back to Mother Earth. You can do the following activities solo or with friends and family. 

  • Plant flowering shrubs and bushes on your terrace, garden, or around your house to help bees and other animals pollinate.
  • Clean up any plastic waste in your local park or neighborhood.
  • Plant trees to contribute more oxygen and less heat to the environment.
  • Save the environment from plastic pollution with the help of the reduce, reuse and recycle approach.
  • Make sure to not waste water and save more to prevent water scarcity. Spread awareness about this issue by talking to kids and loved ones. You can try simple methods like turning the tap off while you are standing and brushing or being conscious about water wastage when you bathe or shower. 
  • Improve your diet to reduce your carbon footprint. For example, you can make a sustainable switch in your diet by replacing animal meat with plant-based meat. These small changes will take us a long way in shaping our future.
  • Get your family members and friends involved in such activities. Reach out to them to make them aware of the situation of our earth and explain to them how they can affect change. 
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Earth Day facts

  • It was Senator Gaylord Nelson who first founded Earth Day. It was to make people aware of how pollution affects the planet as well as the human population.
  • Nearly 20 million people participated in the first Earth Day and called attention to the need for better protection of the planet.
  • Every year, nearly a billion people from all over the world come together to celebrate Earth Day [1].
  • The first Earth Day led to a call for action on various environmental factors. It ultimately led to the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Endangered Species Act.
  • Because April 22 comes in the middle of exams and vacation, the committee saw it as an opportunity to further spread the news about Earth Day and reach more people.

Climate change facts that make Earth Day more important

  • The year 2016 and 2019 are two of the hottest years in more than a century [2].
  • The past seven years have been the warmest years, with temperatures constantly increasing [3].
  • Researchers and scientists estimate that human activity leads to the extinction of several species [4]. 
  • Climate change can lead to the extinction of nearly 1 million species.

This Earth Day, focus on spreading awareness about the condition of planet earth and its needs among your friends and family. Make sure you prioritize your health to contribute more to protecting the earth. For more information or awareness, you can read articles on Bajaj Finserv Health and learn about important days related to health that is celebrated worldwide. You can also learn about major health issues and medical conditions taking place due to pollution and depletion of natural resources. If you are facing any health conditions or have any health-related concerns, you can talk with expert doctors online on Bajaj Finserv Health and get quick and easy solutions. Don’t hesitate to be the change you want to see!

Published on 20 Apr 2022Last updated on 13 Apr 2023

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