Earth Day was set aside to broaden diversify and mobilize the environmental movement on the conservation of natural resources.
Earth Day is the regarded as the largest civic observance in the world day, activated over 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement.
The first Earth Day celebrations took place on April 22, 1970 in the United State of America where more than 20 million people participated in a march to protest against deterioration of the environment.
According to a statement from organisers of this year’s Global Earth Day, Madam Mutharika will deliver a keynote address to mobilize support on calls for an end to uncoordinated waste disposal across the world.
The First Lady will share the stage on drumming up support on the conservation of the environment with other world leaders such as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Jim Kim, President of the World Bank Group; Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior; Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy; Bob Corker, US Senator; Chris Murphy, U.S. Senator; Earl Blumenauer, Voahangy Rajaonarimampianina, First Lady of Madagascar; Philippe Douste-Blazy, UNITAID Director General and Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of Netherlands among others.
The Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day will feature performances by US artists such as No Doubt, Usher, Fall Out Boy, Mary J. Blige, with special guests Common and D’Banj appearing on Saturday, April 18th, 2015, on the National Mall.
The organizers say the speakers and artists will dedicate their time to educate and inspire participants to take immediate action to end extreme poverty and solve climate change.
The First Lady has been invited to attend the conference as Patron of the Gertrude Mutharika Beautify Malawi-BEAM Trust.
She launched the Trust with the aim of raising awareness on the need to conserve the environment, observe cleanliness and sanitation around communities and the country as a whole.