April 22, 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. This a turning point in an issue that has been ” something” but as we look towards the future, it matters even more. There are contests, events, and gatherings all over the world to bring forth the issue on everyone’s mind for one day, afterall, the future of the earth depends on awareness and action. Although EVERY day should be Earth Day, here are some interesting facts about Earth Day, its beginnings and more.
How did Earth Day begin?
According to Gaylord Nelson: the idea for Earth Day evolved over a period of seven years starting in 1962. For several years, the invisionmnet of the issue had been troubling . The state of our environment was simply a non-issue in the politics of the country. Finally, in November 1962, an idea occurred to Gaylord that was, he thought, a virtual cinch to put the environment into the political “limelight” once and for all. The idea was to persuade President Kennedy to give visibility to this issue by going on a national conservation tour. He flew to Washington to discuss the proposal with Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who liked the idea. So did the President. The President began his five-day, eleven-state conservation tour in September 1963. For many reasons the tour did not succeed in putting the issue onto the national political agenda. However, it was the germ of the idea that ultimately flowered into Earth Day.
The first official Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970
Today, more than 1 billion people actively celebrate Earth Day by participating in or attending some type of event
- Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin is the original founder of Earth Day
- 20 million people across America participated in the very first Earth Day
- In 1964, the Wilderness Act is signed into law
- In 1970, the Environmental Protection agency (EPA) was formed
- In 1970, the Clean Air Act was made a law
- In 1972, Clean Water Act was made a law
- Over the years, hundreds and hundreds of thousands of acres of “wilderness” are designated in states across the country, that are now protected.
- Campanies have even joined into Earth Day. Last year , office supply store Staples introduced office paper made entirely without new trees
- As part of the the celebration, some communities make Earth Day a ” Car-Free Day”.
To learn more about Earth Day, its origins, what it means and events happening around the world, check out http://earthday.org
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