Since 1970, the world has been observing April 22 as Earth Day. A major oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, in 1969 led to a massive environmental disaster.
To force the environmental issue onto the national agenda, April 22 1970, was observed as Earth Day, and millions of Americans participated in rallies across the country. Though the idea of celebrating Earth Day started in the US, it became global by 1990, and billions of people worldwide observe it yearly.
Climate change’s physical and socioeconomic impacts have become increasingly devastating without sustained, robust, and proactive actions.
The melting of ice and sea level rise are also compounding the problem. Despite over 190 countries celebrating Earth Day for over half a century, the planet’s health is alarming.