Earth Day has been around since 1970 and with every year, it works to bring awareness to the Earth more.
Since April 22, 1920, the annual Earth Day event has demonstrated support for environmental protection.
Events are coordinated globally by earthday.org.
At United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) conference in 1969, John McConnell, a peace activist, proposed the day.
Originally, Earth Day was proposed to be celebrated on the first day of spring.
A month later, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson had a nationwide environmental teach-in April 22, 1970. Him and a young activist, Denis Hayes, who was speaking at the teach-in, renamed the event “Earth Day.”
More than 20 million people were at the event and it is still the largest, single-day protest in human history.
In 1990, Hayes made the event international and organized events in 141 nations.
In 2016, the U.S. and 120 other countries signed the landmark Paris Agreement.
The Paris Agreement focuses on climate change mitigation, adaptation and finance.
Now, an entire week is devoted to Earth Day with activities that surround the day.
During Earth Day 2020, over 100 million people celebrated the 50th anniversary.
At IUP, Earth Day is celebrated any number of ways.
In the past, Earth Day has been celebrated by students and professors in the Oak Grove.
Environmentally Conscious Organization (ECO), a student organization at IUP, spearheaded the event.
Any environmentally-themed efforts that could be displayed were welcomed.
The event would run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Because of COVID-19, in-person events have been pushed to online, however IUP has not let that stop them.
STATIC will be hosting an Earth Day celebration over Instagram and Zoom on Thursday from 8 to 10 p.m.
For the event, students can pick up DIY planters and stuff-a-plush animal kits.
For the kits, there were only 50, so students needed to register in order to reserve one.
Picking up of the kits began Monday and by Tuesday, they were unavailable.
You can snap a picture of your best plant or plus animal and send it to STATIC’s Instagram for a chance to be featured.