April 22, 1970, marks the beginning of the Environmental protection movement, which lead to the establishment of EPA. The focus was on clean air, water and preservation of endangered species. Here are some things you didn’t know about Earth Day:
Bestseller “Silent Spring” is at the roots of this movement
Rachel Carson published her book “Silent Spring” in 1962. In her bestseller, she brought attention to everyone about the damage the earth suffered after World War II, selling many copies. She also emphasized on the necessity of a clean environment and how citizens should do more to protect the earth. “Silent Spring” raised awareness about how pollution affects the health of people and has devastating repercussions on the nature and animals.
US Senator Gaylord Nelson is the founder of Earth Day
Gaylord Nelson, a US Senator from Wisconsin, is the founder of Earth Day. He encouraged the students in Universities across the country to protest and march the streets to raise awareness for a cleaner air and better environment. This happened on April 22, hence the day we celebrate Earth Day. In 1995, Gaylord Nelson received the highest presidential award that a citizen can get for his achievements. According to the senator, “Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level. We had neither the time nor resources to organize 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities that participated. That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day. It organized itself.”
Earth Day reaches global scale in 1990
US organized an international campaign, in order to reach as many nations as possible, and get them to join the environmental protection movement. In 1990, they reached 141 countries. Today, 192 countries are on board and working with Earth Day Network toward a better environment.
Earth Day is celebrated on two different dates
The dates we celebrate Earth Day are March 20, which is also the March Equinox and April 22nd of each year. March 20th is the International Earth Day and a global Holiday. In the United States we celebrate it on April 22nd, the birth date of environmental protection movement. Both dates have the same common goal: to teach people about recycling, harmful gasses, loving the nature and what they can do to protect the environment so that we can all have a better future.
Bell rings on Global Earth Day
United Nations have their Headquarters in New York City. A Japanese Peace Bell rings on March 20th there, to celebrate Spring and remind everyone about the Earth Day.
Earth Day is a great reminder for all of us to enjoy nature, shop at local festivals and Earth Fares, plant a tree, reuse items, recycle and more. By doing our part, we can better the environment around us and leave a great legacy to the next generation.