Lizzie Duke, Reporter
April 22 marked the 46th annual Earth Day. The first Earth Day was in 1970 as an environmental movement after the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, Cali., according to Earthday.org. Now, Earth Day focuses on global warming and pushing for clean energy.
According to Earthday.org, “(Earth Day is) the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year, and a day of action that changes human behavior and provokes policy changes.”
The theme of this Earth Day was “Trees for the Earth: Let’s Get Planting.” The theme of trees was chosen because trees combat global climate change, help humans and animals breathe clean air and help communities by providing food and shelter.
“Over the next five years, as Earth Day moves closer to its 50th anniversary, we’re calling on you to help us achieve one of our most ambitious goals yet —we’re planting 7.8 billion trees and we’re starting now,” said Earthday.org.
To help this cause, plant a tree or donate at Earthday.org.
Another part of Earth Day that’s often celebrated is Disneynature’s yearly release of an Earth Day movie focusing on a different animal or ecosystem. Last year, the movie was Monkey Kingdom. This year the movie is Born in China, which features furry Pandas, golden monkeys and snow leopards in their natural habitats.
According to Disneynature, for each person who watches Born in China in theatres during it’s opening week, Disneynature will make a donation to World Wildlife Fund to help protect pandas and snow leopards in China.
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