Interesting Facts About Earth Day
1. When is Earth Day?
Earth Day is always on April 22nd. That’s today!
2: Who started Earth Day?
U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, is known as the “Father of Earth Day“. He convinced President John F. Kennedy to tour the U.S.A in support of environmental and ecological concerns.
3: When was the first Earth Day?
Timing was right during 1970 to create the first nationwide environmental protest and to make the Earth a part of the national agenda. On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day protest began and was received with vibrant support.
4: How many people attended the first Earth Day?
On that first Earth Day, about 20 million Americans took to the street in support of the environment and in protest of harmful environmental practices. Americans wanted the world to understand that our planet has limited resources, and that our eco-system was fragile and had to be protected. “The things we are putting in the air, water and earth were impacting us.”
Fun Earth Day Fact: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created as a direct result of the first Earth Day in 1970.