The idea of setting up a day to celebrate the earth was born from an environmental disaster that involved the United States in 1969 – the spill of oil from a Union Oil well – after which the democratic senator Nelson proposed the constitutional amendment “Every person has the inalienable right to a decent environment. The United States and every State shall guarantee this right.”
Inspired by this principle on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet giving birth to the modern environmental movement.
Since that date, Earth Day is celebrated all around the world and recognized as one of the planet’s largest event. The results of the initiative over the years have been significant, from the first edition marked by the passage of landmark environmental laws in the United States till 2016 when the historic Paris Agreement was signed. Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide and it is currently working with more than 75,000 partners in over 190 countries to drive the positive action for our planet.
The theme for Earth Day 2021 is climate action.
For this reason, on the 51th anniversary of Earth Day, the Overace group responds to the call for a climate action launching its own “Green Manifesto”.
The aim is to take a clear position in the fight against climate change and contribute to raise awareness on the importance of sustainability and ecology. Our commitment has been translated into 5 main points, 5 small but impactful and concrete principles we integrate into our policy and in our daily lives to be actively part of the transition to a better world.