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A day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment held on April 22.

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Make the Meaning of Earth Day into a Daily Habit

  • Apr 15, 2010
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Earth Day is an annual holiday founded by peace activist John McConnell, who also designed the Earth Day Flag. It started as a grassroots effort to inform people to support environmental concerns and create a movement. Now there are millions in the world who celebrate Earth Day each year on April 22nd. Let's look into the history of Earth Day, shall we?

The first official Earth Day was on April 22, 1970.  The day was proposed by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson.  It marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement. Approximately 20 million Americans participated that year, with a goal of a healthy, sustainable environment. Denis Hayes, the national coordinator, and his youthful staff organized massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.

In 1990, 200 million people in 141 countries celebrated the day and lifted the status of environmental issues onto the world stage. Earth Day gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide and helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit. For 2000, Earth Day had the internet to help link activists around the world. By the time April 22 rolled around, 5,000 environmental groups around the world were on board, reaching out to hundreds of millions of people in a record 184 countries. Including, hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Earth Day 2007 was one of the largest Earth Days to date, with an estimated billion people participating all over the world.

Earth Day flag

The Earth Flag was designed in 1970 by Earth Day founder and pioneer John McConnell, an early leader in the international peace movement. Inspired by the striking first photographs of the whole Earth taken during America's historic Apollo 10 space mission in 1969, this symbolic creation attained immediate world-wide recognition, including a lifetime association with renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead. Dr. Mead carried what she called "the flag for all people" with her wherever she appeared from 1969 until her death in 1977.

Earth Day symbol

Earth Day originally had a symbol that was a combination of the letters "E" and "O" taken from the words "Environment" and "Organism", respectively. Later a theta was used because of its historic use as a warning symbol, or the peace symbol. Theta is now associated with Earth Day.

Celebrate the planet locally or globally every day, not just on Earth Day.  Community gardens, recycling programs, energy conservation, planting trees and green education are just some of the activities we can become involved in all year round. 

To find Earth Day events in your area, go to Earth Day events. 

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April 22, 2010
With a name like Gaylord Nelson, I thought I'd be reading 1770 instead of 1970! Seriously though, what a cool, forward-thinking guy. I just Googled him and he's done so much. Glad he lived long enough to see where the rest of the green movement headed. Thanks for sharing all these very thought-provoking facts. Happy Earth Day! :)
April 22, 2010
Great review, Clay. I didn't know the history of Earth Day until reading this. Very important and timely information. Thank you so much for sharing!
April 15, 2010
Informative, educational and important! Thanks for sharing this review, Clay!
April 22, 2010
Thanks. It's always good to learn a little history.
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Great concept: Acknowledge ways to reduce your carbon footprint and celebrate the planet. Inject this into everyday life.
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Great! I wish more people would live the Earth Day way, not just celebrating and talking more than doing :) A step in the right direction!
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Earth Day is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment held on April 22. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in  in 1970 and is celebrated in many countries every year. The first Earth Day was in 1970. Earth Day is in spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.

The United Nations celebrates Earth Day each year on the spring equinox, which is often 20 March. This is a tradition which was founded by peace activist John McConnell in 1969. The United Nations first celebrated Earth Day on the spring equinox in 1971. This was also the first time ever that the United Nations celebrated Earth Day. The first Earth Day on the spring equinox was also in 1970.

Earth Day is similar to World Environment Day.
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