April 22 was Earth Day, and it brought a variety of responses, from Earth-loving celebrities, to protests in the UK resulting in over 1,000 arrests, and the results of a new poll showing that over 80% of parents in the US want climate change taught in school.
What is Earth Day?
Earth Day is an annual event that happens on April 22, and is celebrated by events worldwide, most notably in over 193 countries who coordinate through the Earth Day Network.
Gaylord Nelson, as Senator from Wisconsin, conceived of the idea after witnessing the ravaging 800-mile wide oil spill that occurred in Santa Barbara, California in 1969, while appearing upon the Santa Barbara Channel from an airplane.
The first Earth Day occurred on April 22, 1970, drawing an estimated 20 million participants, which included consumer-rights advocate Ralph Nader, poet Allen Ginsberg, and philosopher Alan Watts. Its mission was for peaceful protests and to create environmental improvement by changing human behavior, most notably that of pollution, and through policy changes.
Earth Day: Celebrity love
Celebrities go gaga over Earth Day, and this day in recognition of our planet had a lot of celebrities getting involved. No, not involved by actually doing things to help the planet, but mostly by doing what they do best: Tweeting. Celebrities galore, including The Duke and Duchess of Sussex posted photos of themselves.
Television shows and even brands got into the act. Wahlburgers showed off a ginormous “impossible burger,” which is pretty much the antithesis of how environmentalists view Earth Day and we’re pretty sure they’ll be hearing about it! Many companies use the day for shameless promotion while not necessarily advocating any particular environmental change.
Earth Day: UK protests, over 1,000 arrests
Some 9,000 police officers were dispatched, with least 1,065 people arrested over civil disobedience in London when protests over climate change sparked a group of environmentalists, the climate group known as Extinction Rebellion, targeting various sites in central London, including Oxford Circus and Parliament Square, in what it called a global climate crisis and a campaign to save the planet.
Climate change education: 4 in 5 parents wanted in the curriculum
Over 80% of parents in the US want schools to include the subject of climate change as part of the curriculum their children receive, according to a new NPR/Ipsos poll. Along party lines, 66% of Republicans are in favor, as are 90% of Democrats.
Majority of teachers agree
Additionally, a separate poll taken among teachers found that 86% are in favor of climate change being part of what they teach.