Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 in more than 150 countries around the world. The intention is to remind people all over the world of the state of the nature of the planet they live on, as well as to point out to the population the problems of the ecosystem, the pollution of populated areas and how to improve the quality of the environment.

In January 1970, US Senator and environmental activist Gaylord Nelson decided that the national environmental education should be called Earth Day and be held on April 22. Senator Nelson hands over student organization and selects Dennis Hayes as coordinator. Many citizens join in and Earth Day as a “holiday” becomes very successful in the United States of America.

The official theme for 2024 is “Planet vs. Plastics.

„Planet vs. Plastics“ unites students, parents, businesses, governments, churches, unions, individuals, and NGOs in an unwavering commitment to call for the end of plastics for the sake of human and planetary health, demanding a 60% reduction in the production of plastics by 2040 and an ultimate goal of building a plastic-free future for generations to come.

To achieve a 60% reduction by 2040,’s goals are: (1) promoting widespread public awareness of the damage done by plastic to human, animal, and all biodiversity’s health and demanding more research be conducted on its health implications, including the release of any and all information regarding its effects to the public; (2) rapidly phasing out all single use plastics by 2030 and achieving this phase out commitment in the United Nations Treaty on Plastic Pollution in 2024; (3) demanding policies ending the scourge of fast fashion and the vast amount of plastic it produces and uses; and (4) investing in innovative technologies and materials to build a plastic-free world (Source:

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