Earth Day is fast approaching. Here are some little known facts about how it came to be. While the first Earth Day was April 22, 1970, it was a result of events going back to November of 1962.
- The founder of Earth Day is Senator Gaylord Nelson (D – Wisconsin).
- In November of 1962 Mr. Nelson flew to Washington and presented a proposal to then President Kennedy and his brother Robert Kennedy (Attorney General) for a 5 day tour to promote Conservation.
- In September of 1963 The President traveled to eleven states in five days in a failed attempt to put it on the National Agenda.
- It was not referred to as Earth Day until the summer of 1969 and came out of the anti-war protest over Vietnam.
- The first Earth Day organized itself from a Grass Roots movement that started out of the Senators office and a news article in the New York Times on November 30, 1969.
- Earth Day has brought about these changes.
All things considered, it is amazing that the Vietnam War became the catalyst to get Earth Day off the drawing board and now into a worldwide event. Today it can be credited with helping grow a consciousness for the need for more environmentally friendly products.
Thanks to Earth Day we are seeing more efficient vehicles, a move away from fossil fuels and a move toward recycling. It has moved the world consciousness toward a theme of “go green’.
As you prepare to celebrate Earth Day on April 22 remember why it has come about and do your part. Consider carpooling, turning off lights and other electronics when you are not using them and make plans to replace old inefficient things around your home.