In the Beginning
Back in the early 60’s a senator, Gaylord Nelson, became concerned that there wasn’t enough being done about environment issues. Inspired by Vietnam protestors, Senator Nelson decided to do something about it. Earth Day became official when he organized a nationwide demonstration on April 22, 1970 to promote awareness. About 20 million Americans participated in that very first Earth Day. The demonstration helped bring about the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species acts were all inspired by Earth Day as well.
Twenty Years Later
Twenty years later the Earth Day campaign spread internationally. In 1990 over 200 million people in 141 countries participated in “Going Green” giving attention to recycling, reducing and reusing.
Today on the 51st Anniversary, over 1 billion people celebrate earth day in over 190 countries and the movement continues to grow addressing issues such as climate change, restoration, conservation & youth education. Visit http://earthday.org to learn how you can make every day Earth Day. “Give to the world the best you have and the best will come back to you.” Edward Bok #restoreourearth #earthday2021