MNA Feature Desk: Earth Day is being observed today (April 22) across the world to remember the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.
The first Earth Day was held back in 1970 and brought together 20 million people in the U.S. and helped to create public support for the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and contributed to the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, the Endangered Species Act and several other environmental laws.
By the nineties the event spread across the globe, with 200 million people in 141 countries getting involved in Earth Day, elevating environmental issues onto the world stage.
Earth Day now gathers over 1 billion people each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
The theme for 2017 is “Environmental & Climate Literacy”, and aims empower everyone with the knowledge of climate change in order to inspire action towards environmental protection.
The campaign hopes to not only educate and inspire but also advance policies geared towards defending our environment and accelerating green jobs and technologies.