50 Years of Earth Day

Today marks an important milestone in the history of environmental progress. April 22, 2020 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Founded in 1970, Earth Day was originally intended to be a day of education about environmental issues. Its mission has since expanded to “diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide.”

Earth Day was the idea of a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson. Inspired by the rise of the environmental movement in the 1960s, Sen. Nelson had the idea for a national “teach-in” about environmental issues at the community level. This had massive public support and participation, and started a movement that has lasted for fifty years.

There are many easy ways you can celebrate Earth Day today, and help work towards a more sustainable and healthy environment:

  • Plant a garden
  • Follow the three “R’s”: Reduce, Reuse, Recyle
  • Walk or bike more, instead of driving
  • Watch an environmental or nature documentary
  • Start a compost pile
  • Upgrade your home to be more energy efficient

This Earth Day, it is important to reflect on the history of the holiday and remember all the environmental progress of the 50 years. Cleaner air and water, ethical and sustainable farming practices, energy-efficient building practices, and renewable energy sources all give hope for a brighter and more green future for the entire planet.


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