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Earth Day 2016

Earth Day was marked today for the 46th time worldwide to remember and appreciate the Earth’s environment as well our roles within it. According to the Earth Day Network, this year’s Earth Day theme is ‘Trees for the Earth.’
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An Aceh college student plants trees at a coastal area as a part of Earth Day celebrations in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, on April 22. Earth Day is celebrated annually to raise awareness and develop a sense of public responsibility pertaining to environmentally-sustainable practices in order to build and maintain a healthy, global ecosystem and maintain a viable planet for future generations. According to the Earth Day Network, this year's Earth Day theme is 'Trees for the Earth', and the organization has begun a campaign to plant 7.8 billion trees by 2020 in time for the Earth Day's 50th anniversary. (Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA)
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Children from around the world stand in a procession with world leaders and country delegates in the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement climate change accord on April 22 in New York City. At least 155 countries are expected to sign the agreement which has the goal of limiting warming to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. The ceremony symbolically takes place on Earth Day. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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A woman photographs a tree in bloom on a sunny spring day at the Jardin des Plantes garden in Paris on April 19. (Christian Hartmann/Reuters)
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Filipino environmental advocates paint a picture of trees with their hands on the coast of Freedom Island to mark the Earth Day in Las Pinas City, south of Manila, Philippines, on April 22. (Francis R. Malasig/EPA)
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Plants are seen growing in a computer monitor shell at E-Parisaraa, an electronic waste recycling company in Dabaspet 48 Kilometers (30 miles) from Bangalore, India, on April 22. Countries around the world annually recognize April 22 as Earth Day with hopes in urging local action and increasing awareness about the state of the world's environment. (Aijaz Rahi/Associated Press)
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Filipino women show their painted palms as they paint pictures of trees with their hands on the coast of Freedom Island to mark the Earth Day in Las Pinas City, south of Manila. (Francis R. Malasig/EPA)
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Beth Swanberg picks up garbage during the city wide Earth Day clean up on April 22 in Jackson, Mich. (Taylor Irby/Jackson Citizen Patriot via Associated Press)
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A girl makes a hand print on a wall to mark the Earth Day in Las Pinas, Metro Manila, Philippines, on April 22. (Erik De Castro/Reuters)
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A man collects trash on Earth Day between trees at a mangrove center in Denpasar on Bali island. (Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP/Getty Images)
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Jasper Rose, of Watertown, watched the sea turtles at the New England Aquarium. Rose decided he didn't need any birthday gifts and asked for the $550 dollars he raised to be donated to Aquarium's sea turtle rescue program. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)
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People walk past an Earth tent set up by NASA to celebrate Earth Day at Union Station on April 22 in Washington, DC. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
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A Sri Lankan farmer sets a fishing net in his inundated paddy field due to heavy rains in front of a stone quarry in Nawagamuwa, a suburb of Colombo, Sri Lanka, on April 22. (Eranga Jayawardena/Associated Press)
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Filipino children pick up trash along the coast of Freedom Island to mark the Earth Day in Las Pinas City, south of Manila, Philippines, on April 22. (Francis R. Malasig/EPA)
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Yucca plants stick up from the scorched earth in the prescribed burn area in the Henry Smith archaeological site near Malta, Mont., on April 1. (Casey Page/The Billings Gazette via Associated Press)
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) activists Ashley Byrne (left) and Leandria Campbell jump in the air to pose for a picture outside Union Station while covered in body-paint depicting the Earth’s oceans and continents, on Earth Day in Washington. The activists distributed literature to promote eating a vegan lifestyle. (Michael Reynolds/EPA)
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A Kashmiri Muslim potter works with fresh mud to make an earthen vessel in the outskirts of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, on April 22. Earth Day is celebrated to raise awareness and develop a sense of public responsibility pertaining to environmentally-sustainable practices in order to build and maintain a healthy, global ecosystem and maintain a viable planet for future generations. (Farooq Khan/EPA)
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A child sits in an area affected by drought on Earth Day in the southern outskirts of Tegucigalpa on April 22. (Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images)
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A man who lives in the surroundings of La Cangreja River uses an improvised raft in northeastern San Jose, Costa Rica, on April 21. Although Costa Rica maintains 25% of its protected territory, the country is losing its biological resources, mainly due to climate change, pollution and lack of awareness of the population on the handling of recyclable waste. (Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA)
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A visitor takes a photo of a art installation made from discarded aluminum cans during the Earth Day celebration in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 22. (Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA)
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A Kashmiri fisherman rows his Shikara, or traditional boat, during sunset at the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. Nestled in the Himalayan mountains and known for its beautiful lakes and saucer-shaped valleys, the Indian portion of Kashmir, is also one of the most militarized places on earth. (Dar Yasin/Associated Press)
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A closed limestone mine on Bel-ko Mountain near Belapatfalva, 158 kms northeast of Budapest, Hungary, on April 12. Abandoned open-pit mines and quarries account for nearly ten thousand spots of landscape damage present in Hungary, according to reports based on topographic surveys. The environmental impacts of mining processes include contamination of soil, groundwater and surface water, as well as soil erosion, habitat loss and loss of biodiversity. Earth Day is held annually on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection in over 190 countries around the Globe. (Zsolt Czegled/EPA)
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Environmentalists conduct a coastal clean up to mark World Earth Day at a bird sanctuary known as “Freedom Island” in suburban Las Pinas city, south of Manila, Philippines. Earth Day is celebrated in over 190 countries worldwide with this year’s theme of encouraging people to plant more trees to save Mother Earth. (Bullit Marquez via Associated Press)
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This picture taken on April 20 shows sand dunes, two trees and a lake during an off-road mapping recognition excercise by drivers ahead of the Silk Way Rally 2016 in the Gobi desert, some 2,000 kms (1250 miles) northwest of Beijing. The 2016 Silk Way Rally takes place in July and will see competitors race from Moscow’s Red Square to the Chinese capital Beijing. (Noicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)
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