Did You Know? Five Earth Day Fun Facts
Did you know…
- Earth Day, which is celebrated every April 22, was first proposed by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, after he witnessed the aftermath of an oil spill that took place in 1969 in Santa Barbara, Calif.
- On the very first Earth Day, millions of Americans protested the industrial revolution, which is said to have marked the onset of the environmental movement.
- By 1990, Earth Day became known as a worldwide phenomenon, with over 200 million people in 141 countries participating in the event.
- In 2009, the United Nations renamed the holiday International Mother Earth Day.
- Today, some schools and communities celebrate Earth Day for a whole week to expand the time frame that people focus on the earth and how they can preserve it.
Our earth is a great place, and even the smallest acts can make a huge impact over time. This Earth Day, start by reducing your carbon footprint and paying your bill online.