Earth Day is a yearly event celebrated worldwide on 22nd of April. The idea began in 1970 to stimulate environmental discussion in the United States. The first Earth Day mobilized 20 million Americans and led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. The organisation’s CEO, Denis Hayes, says that Earth Day is “the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year.” Environmental groups have sought to make Earth Day into a day of action, inspiring behaviour and policy change toward subjects such as Climate Change, Reforestation, Endangered Species and Green Schools.
This year, Earth Day is celebrating its 46th anniversary, with a focus on the theme of “Trees For The Earth”. As part of its ‘Billion Acts of Green‘ initiative, the Earth Day Network has planted over 3 million trees in over 32 countries, and has plans to plant 7.8 billion trees by the time of its 50th anniversary in 2020.
BHESCo is hosting an Earth Day celebration at The One Church in Brighton on April 22nd 2016 at 6.00pm with a screening of the inspirational film ‘The Economics of Happiness’ which features voices from across six continents highlighting the need for systematic economic change.
A Question Time style panel discussion will follow, featuring community representatives from Brighton and Hove involved in areas such as food, transport, energy, money, housing, and environment.