What Is Earth Day?

What Is Earth Day?

Earth DayOn April 22 people around the globe celebrate Earth Day. This special day is designated to inspire a greater appreciate for the environment. Earth Day is now held yearly in the spring in the northern hemisphere and in the fall in the southern hemisphere.

The traditional Earth Day celebrated on April 22 was originated by Gaylord Nelson, a United State senator who made it a designated day to teach about the environment. However, the United Nations celebrates Earth Day on the March equinox. This Earth Day tradition began in 1969 thanks to John McConnell, a peace activist.

When Nelson founded Earth Day, one of the major concerns was overpopulation and he later stated, “”The bigger the population gets, the more serious the problems become … We have to address the population issue.” Global cooling and a sustainable environment were other concerns. On the first Earth Day, there were 20 million American participants.

By 1990, there were more than 200 million people in 141 countries celebrating Earth Day. Their dedication to environmental issues helped to boost recycling efforts all over the world. By 2000, activities around the world were linking on the Internet with 5,000 groups on board reaching literally hundreds of millions of people.

A major issue by Earth Day 2000 was speedy action regarding clean energy. One of the largest Earth Day celebrations occurred in 2007 when more than one billion people participated. Although Earth Day is one day, the organizers promote progressive action all year round.

Activists links throughout the years through the Earth Day Network to help facilitate change in global, national and local environmental policies. This worldwide network stretches to 174,000 organizations. People of all nationalities, faiths and backgrounds celebrate Earth Day, making it the only event of its kinds.

Margaret Mead added her support for the equinox Earth Day celebrated by the U.N., Earth Day is the first holy day which transcends all national borders yet preserves all geographical integrities, spans mountains and oceans and time belts, yet brings people all over the world into one resonating accord, is devoted to the preservation of the harmony in nature…

The original concept of Earth Day was proposed in a memo written by Fred Dutton to John F. Kennedy. An oil spill and the Vietnam War brought global concerns to the forefront in 1970. The event was originally protested by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Celebrities at the original event in New York City including Bob Seger, Ali McGraw and Paul Newman.

Although Nelson chose April 22 simply because it was a convenient day for student supporters, this date is also the birthday of the founder of Arbor Day, Julius Sterling Morgan, and the birthday of first environmentalist St. Francis of Assisi.

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