While today we generally celebrate this holiday by participating in tree plantings, community cleanups, and ‘go green’ demonstrations, many know very little about this holiday.
Inspired by anti-war activists, a Wisconsin Democrat, Sen. Gaylord Nelson proposed a national teach-in to raise national conscience about the growing environmental crisis. On April 22, 1970, that vision was actualized bringing about our first observance of what we now know as Earth Day.
1. Two Earth Days?
Farmer’s Almanac states Senator Nelson wasn’t the only who had dreams of Earth Day. Peace activist, John McConnell was also steering people towards the grassroots movement and he chose the Spring Equinox (March 21) as Earth Day. Nelson chose the April 22 date so it wouldn’t conflict with any other previous holidays (although Arbor Day has been known to fall on this day in some states which seems rather fitting). So, now that you know, you’ll have two days to celebrate all that Mother Earth has to offer.
2. … And Two Earth Day Flags?
John McConnell designed an official flag for Earth Day. The flag displays the Earth from space on a dark blue background and is describes as a “flag for all people.” In keeping with the environmental conscience theme of Earth Day, the flag is made of recyclable weather-resistant polyester. However, it might be the most well-known flag for the holiday; it’s not the only one. An ‘Ecology Flag’ is sometimes cited as the first flag considered to be the Earth Day flag in 1969. (Source: Planet Pals.com )
3. No Time for Earth Day? How about Earth Week?
According to History.com, Earth Day is now ‘a globally celebrated holiday that is sometimes extended into Earth Week, a full seven days of events focused on green awareness’. So, there’s definitely no reason whatsoever for anyone not to get out and do what they can to make this planet of ours a good place to live.
4. Not a Fan of Earth Day?
Well, if you’re not a fan of Earth Day, you’re not alone. In fact, NelsonEarthDay.net reports many felt that Earth day were too radical – or on the flip side of that, not radical enough. Anti-communist skeptics seemed to come out of the woodwork on this one, especially when they learned that the day coincided with the Russian revolutionist birthday Vladimir Lenin.
5. Did you know that Earth Day is the Largest Celebrated Civic Holiday?
It’s been reported by EarthDay.org that 20 million people observed the first Earth Day in 1970. That number has risen to more than a billion today. It’s no longer just a national observance; the holiday is now observed by 192 Countries globally. Now all of Mother Earth’s children can celebrate our planet together and embrace the movement of living in a clean, sustainable environment.