When is Earth Day and how can you do your bit for the environment?

21 Apr

When is it? 

Earth Day is held on Saturday, April 22 every year. 

How did Earth Day start?

Earth Day was founded by Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after he witnessed the ravages of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.

Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realised that if he could combine that energy with the emerging public consciousness about the environment, then it could be propelled into the national political agenda. April 22 was picked as the date for Earth Day as it fell between Spring Break and Final Exams.

The first celebration involved 20 million Americans and shortly afterwards the passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws followed.

By the nineties, Earth Day had gone global with 200 million people in 141 countries on board, lifting environmental issues onto the world stage.

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