It began in 1970 with US Senator Gaylord Nelson who began a teach-in about environmental concerns, which has now grown to a movement with 193 participating countries.
In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 as International Mother Earth Day
Cities throughout Europe are gearing up for Earth Day. With several events going on across the continent, Europeans will surely find somewhere to celebrate and promote a more sustainable and healthy planet this Earth Day.
In Geneva, Switzerland, the International School of Geneva is hosting a “green sale” and an organic food sale to raise money to plant trees on the school grounds. There will also be activities like recycling games and environmental arts and crafts.
Then, in the Chisinau, Moldova, the Gutta-Club will host an assortment of Earth Day events with clean-up efforts in 30 villages, a tree planting movement, and the building of nesting boxes for birds. There will also be a central event in Chisinau’s central square with concerts, workshops, and contests for anyone who wants to participate.
In Dublin, Earth Day Network partner ECO-UNESCO is running its annual ECO-Explorer Camp for kids from April 22nd to April 25th at the Greenhouse in Dublin City Center. Campers, or ECO-Explorers, ages 5-12 will explore the local urban ecology, take weather measurements, investigate city wildlife and discover Dublin’s green spaces like never before. The ECO-Explorers will also participate in the designing of future Green Cities using drawings and 3D art.
Earth Day is alive in well in Europe. Best of luck to all the participants!