Earth Day is a secular holiday in which many people throughout the world organize events to raise awareness of environmental issues, including recycling.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the environmental awareness day:
1. It is celebrated in many countries each year. More specifically, over 175 countries celebrate the day.
2. A peace activist, John McConnell, came up with the idea to celebrate Earth each year. In 1969, McConnell announced his idea at a UNESCO conference in California.
3. Along with many communities celebrating Earth Day each year, there is another special time during the year in which communities appreciate the environment for a whole week. The name of the week is Earth Week.
4. On the first Earth Day, a total of two thousand colleges and universities celebrated the event. It was estimated that 10 thousand primary and secondary schools were involved in the celebration.
5. The secular holiday is organized by the Earth Day Network. According to the first leader of the event, Earth Day is currently “the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year.”
6. The first Earth Day captured the interest of many politicians, including U.S. Senator Edmund Muskie. He was so intrigued by the idea of raising environmental awareness that he spoke to approximately 40,000 to 60,000 people at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia.
7. Many other well-known people were at the same event. Some of the people were Ralph Nader; Ian McHarg, a landscape architect; George Wald, a Nobel prize-winning biochemist, Hugh Scott, a former U.S. Senate Minority Leader; and Allen Ginsberg, an American poet.
8. Over the years, Earth Day has become more popular. Its popularity has been increased due to more effective marketing tools, more access to television and radio, and more money spent on the event. The organizers of the event have also created a stronger and more clear agenda of specific environmental issues that will be addressed at the event, including recycling efforts.
9. One of the more popular Earth Days was in 2007. That year a large number of people throughout the world took part in raising awareness for environmental issues. Some of the places in which there were large celebrations were Kiev, Ukraine; Caracas, Venezuela; and Manila, Philippines. New York was also home to a popular celebration.
10. The last interesting fact about the secular holiday is that there is even an Earth Day anthem. The anthem sends a clear message that everyone should help preserve the beauty of the world. It also calls upon people to help protect the planet.
“Earth Day: The History of a Movement,” Earth Day Network.
John Stossel, “Why I’m cheering for fossil fuels this Earth Day,” FOX News.