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Every year, people across the world celebrate Earth Day on April 22 to show their support for the protection of the earth and the environment. In 1969, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honour the planet at a UNESCO conference held in San Franciso. This was first observed on March 21, 1970. A month later, United States Senator Gaylord Nelson proposed the idea to hold a nationwide environmental teach-in on April 22, 1970. Along with activist Denis Hayes, Nelson renamed the event ‘Earth Day‘, going beyond the idea of a teach-in to include the United States. This year, the theme of the day is ‘Invest in Our Planet’ with an aim “to preserve and protect our health, our families, and our livelihoods”. It includes five primary programs – The Great Global Cleanup, Sustainable Fashion, Climate and Environmental Literacy, Canopy Project, Food and Environment, and the Global Earth Challenge.
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