Earth Day Is Nearly Here, But Our Planet Is Worth Caring About Every Day

Earth Day is nearly upon us. The April 22 event, now in its 45th year, is meant to help draw attention to environmental issues, but remember, there are 364 other days to care about the planet.

Things have changed in the U.S. since the first Earth Day, in 1970, when rampant air pollution, burning rivers and more frequent oil spills were major concerns. Despite the improvements here, other countries around the world still face issues like air and water pollution.

The threat of global climate change also looms large, as temperature records continue to be broken and sea level rise accelerates.

Take a look at these Instagram photos that capture the world's ongoing environmental challenges, and keep in mind to make every day Earth Day.

_ Incredible day exploring new heights Squaw (now Tumala) Mountain, Salmon Huckleberry Wilderness _

A photo posted by Dan Moe (@free_cascadia) on



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