Earth Day Facts

Earth Day Facts
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  • Earth Day is a day that was created to promote awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment.
  • The first Earth Day occurred in 1970.
  • Earth Day occurs on April 22.
  • It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin) as an environmental teach-in for school children. He wrote letters to all of the colleges and put a special article in Scholastic Magazine to tell them about the special day he had planned.
  • Over 175 countries throughout the world celebrate Earth Day.
  • Earth Day is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide.
  • The passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act are considered to be products associated with the 1970 Earth Day.
  • There is no governmental agency that is in charge of Earth Day, but many local and non-profit groups throughout the world help to organize events and activities.
  • Most schools have activities planned for Earth Day to help children realize how important it is to take care of the environment.
  • Many organizations celebrate Earth Day by picking up trash on the road side, cleaning up vacant lots, cleaning the banks of lakes and rivers, and making sure that beaches and parks are free from litter and debris.