The First Earth Day - April 22, 1970
A call for a universal voice that acknowledges the need for change of human behavior and environmental consciousness, Earth Day was founded in 1970 and marked a movement to bring to the forefront the issues and changes that need to happen. Originally a day of education about environmental issues, Earth Day is now recognized as a global celebration helping to educate and encourage more environmentally conscious living.
Senator Gaylord Nelson, who was inspired by the 1960s protests, called for a “national teach-in on the environment.” For this, young activist Denis Hayes from Stanford University was selected as the Earth Day national coordinator.
Where did April 22nd come from?
Since Denis Hayes was predominantly working on college and university campuses around the nation, the date fell between spring break and before finals so that the participation of students would be higher.
According to Earth Day Network, Earth Day is the largest secular civic event held around the world. We only have one Earth, so what steps can you take to care for her?
I don’t know about you, but I’m With Her!
Awesome Environmental TED Talks:
Kids Protecting The Earth:
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (Netflix)
Cool Environmental/Sustainability Accounts We Follow:
"The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats, and biodiversity."