The first Earth Day was held in the United States on April 22, 1970, and was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson. Over 20 million people participated. The American Heritage Magazine called the first Earth Day “one of the most remarkable happenings in the history of democracy.” The second Earth Day, held on April 22, 1990, was celebrated in over 140 countries.
Earth Day is a special day set aside to remind us of the need to care for our environment. It is a time to become actively involved in many Save-the-Earth projects, to show appreciation for the Earth and to fight pollution. Everyone is encouraged to make an extra effort when it comes to conserving water, paper and electricity. Take time to also learn what you can do to conserve energy and reduce, reuse and recycle products in your own neighborhood.
Although Earth day is celebrated once a year, people are encouraged to celebrate the gifts our planet has to offer everyday. From the little wildflower growing outside of your home to the black sand beaches of Hawaii and the majesty of the great sequoia and redwood trees.