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22 April 2020

Earth Day 50th Anniversary

Aruba: Earth Day 50th Anniversary, 22 April 2020. Images from Posrt Arbua.

50 Years Earth Day 2020
Designed by: Nigel Matthew
Date of issue: April 22, 2020

100 cent :
A hand carrying a globe which consists of water and land. Both water and land have typical Aruban fauna and flora. Such as the “tortuga, cocolishi, pisca cora” etc in the water and on land the iguana, shoco, burico, cabrito, trupial, barbulet, cadushi, aloe etc. While the tropical sun is shining brightly behind the Hooiberg.

130 cent:


Two hands holding the Earth which is encapsulated by the symbol of recycling. One hand is the hand of an adult, the other hand is of a child. Symbolizing an older generation teaching a younger one how to prevent destruction of our planet by recycling.

220 cent:


A pair of hands holding soil of the earth with new vegetation life. Symbolizing the importance of our flora and at the same time our duty to make sure we take good care of it.

320 cent:


Several ethnic hands holding our planet Earth simultaneously. Symbolizing the responsibility we have in common to protect and to become aware of the importance of our planet Earth.


Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries.

In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day of nature’s equipoise was later sanctioned in a proclamation written by McConnell and signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations. A month later a United States Senator Gaylord Nelson proposed the idea to hold a nationwide environmental teach-in on April 22, 1970. He hired a young activist, Denis Hayes, to be the National Coordinator. Nelson and Hayes renamed the event “Earth Day.” Under the leadership of labor leader Walter Reuther, the United Auto Workers was the most instrumental outside financial and operational supporter of the first Earth Day. According to Hayes, “Without the UAW, the first Earth Day would have likely flopped!”[3] Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom award in recognition of his work. The first Earth Day was focused on the United States. In 1990, Denis Hayes, the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international and organized events in 141 nations.

On Earth Day 2016, the landmark Paris Agreement was signed by the United States, China, and some 120 other countries. This signing satisfied a key requirement for the entry into force of the historic draft climate protection treaty adopted by consensus of the 195 nations present at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

Numerous communities celebrate Earth Day Week, an entire week of activities focused on the environmental issues that the world faces.

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