What is Earth Day?
Earth Day is a day when millions of people across the world come together to promote a cleaner, safer environment. Earth Day is held every year on April 22.
The History of Earth Day
Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin is considered the “founder” of Earth Day. Nelson’s idea evolved over a seven-year period beginning in 1962 and resulted in the first Earth Day being held on April 22, 1970. The first Earth Day drew together more than 20 million Americans and became the largest grassroots demonstration in U.S. history. Participants took to the streets, lobbied Congress and began the modern environmental movement. Earth Day 1970 helped develop public support that led to the enactment of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act as well as the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The rest is history. The 50th anniversary of Earth Day will be celebrated in 2020.
Things You Can Do To Celebrate Earth Day
Compost at Home - (PDF)
Recycling's Dirty Dozen - (PDF)
Reining in Runoff - (PDF)
Grasscycle - (PDF)
Local Earth Day Events
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, all Earth Day events for this year have been cancelled.