On every April 22nd Earth day is celebrated. It’s a worldwide celebration to demonstrate support for environmental protection, but how it started?
Earth day was first celebrated in 1970, as result of the efforts of senator Gaylord Nelson, a passionate advocate of protecting the environment and increasing awareness of environmental issues. Nelson struggled since he was selected to the Senate in 1962 to persuade Congress to establish an environmental agenda. Frustrated by the obstacles and resistance he faced, he appealed to the mood of the public and designated April 22 as a “national day for the environment.” He hoped to impress upon fellow politicians that humans have an enormous impact on the environment. Nelson certainly achieved his goal.
More than 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth day celebration, prompting voter-hungry politicians to take notice. The overwhelming response helped generate a new political focus on the environment. As that focus has become increasingly global, more people than ever are celebrating Earth day around the world.
In this 2014 celebration will focus on the unique environmental challenges of our time. As the world’s population migrates to cities, and as the bleak reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need to create sustainable communities is more important than ever. Earth Day 2014 will seek to do just that through its global theme: Green cities. With smart investments in sustainable technology, forward-thinking public policy, and an educated and active public, we can transform our cities and forge a sustainable future. Nothing is more powerful than the collective action of a billion people.
Earth day is a vital part of our lives, reminding us to not only reduce, reuse and recycle but to appreciate the environment in which we live. Here’re some tips for making Earth day every day:
So, what can you do to make our planet a better place to live?