April 22nd Earth Day
Earth day is held every year on April 22nd. It was first celebrated in 1970 with the mission to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement. Prior to this date, massive amounts of leaded gas were consumed, especially in the automotive industry. Air pollution had been accepted as “the smell of prosperity”.
The publication of Rachel Carson’s bestseller, Silent Spring in 1962, set the scene for a change as it raised public awareness for the environment, living organisms and the links between pollution and health.
Earth day became the movement that would provide a voice to these emerging concerns. In January 1969, America witnessed a huge oil spill in Santa Barbara, California and Senator Nelson, who had previously voiced his concerns about the environment and the impact of pollution, inspired by anti-war protests wanted to create a similar action regarding the environment supported by student bodies. The first campus teach-ins happened on April 22.
In 1990, this group created by Senator Nelson and David Hayes was approached by a group of global environmental leaders to create a major campaign for the planet, which ended up mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries.
Earth Day's mission nowadays is to diversify, educate about environmental issues and activate the environmental movement worldwide. The organization works to drive meaningful impact across issues such as climate change, science and education, plastic pollution, conservation,...
This year, the organization is planning a 3 day virtual event, 3 days of climate action collaborating with different non profit organizations, etc.
How can you take action towards sustainability?
You can participate by either joining an EarthDay.org event and even creating your own! In the following link you can find plenty of ideas on how to collaborate: