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A Brief History of Earth Day & How it All Began: The Quick Facts on How This Green the Planet Movement Got Started

Earth Day is a great opportunity to give back to the planet and make a positive environmental difference. Although the celebration of Earth Day does not necessitate the knowledge of how it began, it’s always interesting to take a look at the past and examine the history of certain events. The following overview of Earth Day’s beginnings is a perfect place to start.

The Founding of Earth Day

Earth Day was founded in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, who was a Wisconsin Senator at the time. The idea first sprouted in September of 1969, during which he suggested a national teach-in day to raise awareness about environmental issues. Nelson’s idea was unique and revolutionary in that there were previously no real concerns about human impact on the environment. In fact, air pollution was frequently recognized as “the smell of prosperity.” Nelson realized that pollution couldn’t continue at the then-accepted levels, and so founded Earth Day as a way to raise awareness about the problem.

The First Earth Day

April 22, 1970 marked the very first Earth Day. Despite its status as a newly founded holiday, America embraced the idea: 20 million Americans participated in demonstrations across the nation. Protests, rallies, and general bustle were staged throughout the entire US, promoting environmental awareness and attracting the scattered, small groups which had previously been fighting against various forms of pollution.

Earth Day’s environmental cause garnered support from people of all demographics, unifying millions of different people who wished to protect the Earth. Thanks to the first Earth Day alone, the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species acts were passed. That Earth Day also directly led to the founding of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

History of Earth Day

History of Earth Day

Modern Earth Day

Earth Day has grown steadily in popularity since its creation in 1970. By 1990, 200 million people in 141 countries worldwide were taking part, and as of now, an estimated 1 billion people in 174 countries participated in Earth Day festivities.

Earth Day has helped to bring about a great deal of positive environmental change, raising awareness and uniting activists across the globe. Get involved this Earth Day – and help to create a better world.

On April 22, 2018, the world will celebrate the 48th anniversary of Earth Day. There are planned activities in cities, schools and communities across the nation and in many parts of the world. This year is the perfect time to learn about becoming a green citizen. After all, many are saying that Earth Day is not a day, but a growing movement.

Tim Wildes
Insightful articles on the environment, pollution, energy, recycling, green living, climate change and much more

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