April 20th, 2016 | Updated on June 4th, 2019
With just two days to go until Earth Day 2016, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about the planet we live on – and how to save it. Celebrated every year on April 22, people across the world mark the event by showing support for environmental protection.
On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans hit the streets to protest the environmental effects of more than 100 years of uncontrolled fossil-fueled industrial development. It was the first Earth Day. Nearly 50 years later, Earth Day remains a day of reckoning, each year, festivals, parades, rallies, conferences and outdoor activities are held in at least 192 countries to demonstrate support for environmental protection.
This year, in a rare and special event, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has invited every world leader to the United Nations to officially sign the Paris Climate Agreement at UN headquarters in New York. reached this past December. It is no coincidence that the agreement is being opened for signatures on Earth Day. At least 150 world leaders are expected to sign, making it the largest single signing of an international agreement in world history.
Guys, it’s throwback time. In celebration of Earth Day, NASA released a breathtaking gallery of some of the most incredible images of our planet ever taken. The images were captured from a variety of sources including satellites, research modules and astronauts onboard the International Space Station. Check out these jaw-dropping images of our planet.
1. Blue Marble, 2012
2. Aurora Australis
3. Eastern Seaboard At Night
4. Alaska’s Brooks Range
5. Rub’ Al Khali, Arabia
6. The Water Planet
7. Storm Cell Over The Southern Appalachian Mountains
8. An Astronaut’s View From Space
9. Venice Lagoon
10. Earth At Night
11. Iberian Peninsula At Night
12. Windswept Valleys In Northern Africa
13. Exploring The World’s Protected Areas From Space
14. Earth’s Vital Signs
15. Volcanic Smog And Sunglint In The Vanuatu Archipelago
16. An Astronaut’s View From Station
17. Satellite View Of The Americas On Earth Day
18. Another World
19. NASA’s Terra Satellite Sees Shadows Of Solar Eclipse
20. Storm Clouds Over The Atlantic Ocean Near Brazil
21. Great Lakes And Central U.S.
22. Earth, Moon, Hubble
23. A Sky View Of Earth From Suomi NPP
24. Wonders In The Antarctic Sky
25. Flying Through An Aurora
27. Colors After The Storms
28. Caribbean Sea Viewed From The International Space Station
29. Phytoplankton Bloom Off The Coast Of Iceland
30. Watercolor Canvas
31. Spider Crater, Western Australia
33. Uvs Nuur Basin, Mongolia
34. Ocean Jewels
35. Closeup Of The Ice Island From Petermann Glacier
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