EARTH DAY HISTORY
The modern environmental movement started back in 1970 when after seeing the effects of a great oil spill in 1969 Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin came up with the idea for a day to focus on the earth and how to protect it. This idea evolved into a day of massive coast-to-coast rallies on April 22, 1970. The intent was to raise awareness of the many ways we harm the environment and to promote ways to preserve the place we call home. After seeing the support behind the cause, Aprill 22 was named Earth Day in America and has been celebrated every year since.
In 1990, Dennis Hayes headed up the movement that caused Earth Day to become worldwide. Over 200 million people in 141 countries across the globe raised awareness on the benefits of recycling and the harmful effects of air and water pollution. Just 5 years later, President Bill Clinton awarded Governor Nelson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the highest honor given to U.S. civilians, for his role as the Earth Day founder.
HOW CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Earth Day efforts go beyond just this one day each year. Taking care of the Earth is an ongoing mission for all of its inhabitants. Some ways you can help…
- Due to cutting down trees and the destruction of many forests, animals of the wild are losing their homes. Let’s plant new trees in efforts to replace those lost.
- Buy local produce to reduce the amount of carbon emissions from transporting fruits and vegetables across the country.
- Cutting down on your junk mail will also reduce the amount of trees used to make the paper.
- Start composting by turning your leftover food (that would normally end up in the trash) into soil.
- Recycle your electronic devices rather than throwing them away and polluting the environment.
These are just some of the ways you can do your part to protect our world. There are many more ways to get involved. Click here for more ideas and for local Earth Day events.