The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, more than 20 million Americans from all walks of life joined together and is widely recognized as launching the modern environmental movement. The passing of several instrumental laws, the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, gathering 200 million people in more than 190 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage, helping over 5000 environmental organizations. After 40 years, more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest secular civic event in the world.
- Earth Day originated in the US but became recognized worldwide by 1990.
- Earth Day was renamed officially by the UN in 2009 as International Mother Earth Day
- Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day while he was working as a US senator.
- On Earth Day 2009, Disney released a documentary film called Earth that followed the migration paths of four animal families, since then releasing 7 additional nature movies.
- On the very first Earth Day, 20 million people gathered in the streets of America to protest the industrial revolution, the environmental movement was born!
- Every year on April 22, men, women, and children collect garbage, plant trees, clean up coral reefs, show movies, sign petitions, and plan for a better future for our planet.
- On Earth Day 2012, more than 100,000 people rode bikes in China to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel.
- In Panama, 100 endangered species of orchids were planted and maintained to prevent their extinction in honor of Earth Day.
Be conscious today especially, but remember we live on this planet, so treat every day like EARTH day; go plant a tree, or pick up some garbage that you walk by, try a reusable water bottle, but mostly be present in your decision making! Happy International Mother Earth Day!