Earth Day! What is it? Do we only celebrate it in the U.S? When did we begin celebrating this day?
What is it?
According to Gaylord Nelson, the Senator from Wisconsin that is attributed to starting Earth Day, - "It was on that day that Americans made it clear that they understood and were deeply concerned over the deterioration of our environment and the mindless dissipation of our resources." (ref. EPA History). Earth Day is a day to take a look around you and see what you as an individual or family can do to improve the environment and reduce waste. It is a day to celebrate the environment and assess what still needs to be done.
Do we only celebrate it in the U.S?
Earth Day is now recognized across the globe as a day to celebrate the environment.
When did we begin celebrating this day?
The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. Senator Gaylord Nelson, a conservationist began discussing environmental issues with President Kennedy in 1962. Senator Nelson hoped that President Kennedy would speak on environmental issues facing the nation and bring the environment to the forefront of politics. So began a long process. In 1969 Senator Nelson announced that a grassroots demonstration would be held in the spring of 1970. Millions of people across the nation turned out for the demonstration. Thus began Earth Day.
Though Earth Day is a one day celebration of the environment, we encourage you to consider every day what you can do to impact the environment in a positive way.