April 22, 2011
Do you know when the first Earth Day was, who started it and why? Earth Day is a holiday that most of us probably just let slip by without learning much about it or doing anything special on April 22nd each year. We want to be IN YOUR FACE with the history of Earth Day and hopefully it will inspire you to have fun on this special day for our planet!
Here’s what you need to know:
- The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 and is on April 22nd each year.
- It was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in.
- Nelson had conceived the idea for Earth Day following a trip he took to Santa Barbara right after the horrific oil spill off the coast in 1969.
- It is a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment.
- Earth Day was originally only held in the United States but went international in 1990 and is now celebrated by over 175 countries.
- Many communities celebrate Earth Week instead of just one day to focus on numerous activities that spread awareness on environmental issues.
- In 2009, The United Nations made the official name of April 22, International Mother Earth Day.
- There is actually a flag made for Earth Day (see above) and E means “environment” and the O means “organism” in the symbol on the flag.
- According to Flags of the World, the Ecology Flag was created by cartoonist Ron Cobb, published on November 7, 1969, in the Los Angeles Free Press, then placed in the public domain.
- The Earth Day Network now takes care of all information and leads Earth Day. You can find more information about The Earth Day Network and activities they put on, on their website.
Now that you’ve learned a bit more about Earth Day, I hope it inspires you to celebrate. Check out our post with Earth Day events near you or simply look at more of our “green” column posts, Greener By The Minute.
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