Ever wonder how Earth Day started? This observance arose from an interest in gathering national support for environmental issues. In 1970, San Francisco activist John McConnell and Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson separately asked Americans to join in a grassroots demonstration. McConnell chose the spring equinox (March 21, 1970) and Nelson chose April 22.
Millions of people participated, and today, Earth Day continues to be widely celebrated (mostly on April 22). Common Earth Day activities include planting trees, cleaning up litter, or simply enjoying nature through hiking, gardening, or taking a stroll in a local park.
- On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated.
- Today Earth Day is the largest secular observance day in the world, celebrated by more than 1 billion people every year.
- Over 193 countries around the world celebrate Earth Day.
- Recycling, reuse and remanufacturing generate 3.1 million jobs in the U.S.
- The first major international conference on environmental issues was held in 1972 in Sweden and UN sponsored it.
- The ringing of the Peace bell given by Japan is one of the highlighting moments on the annual Earth Day ceremony in UN. The bell is made from coins given by school children to further peace on Earth.
- Earth Day led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- The shade and wind buffering provided by trees reduces annual heating and cooling cost by 2.1 billion dollars.
- The UN officially renamed Earth Day as the International Mother Earth Day in 2009.
- In 2000, Internet was for the first time used as a principle-organizing tool to celebrate Earth Day.
- Earth Day Network works towards increasing the awareness about recycling, planting trees and fighting against global warming and climate change.
- Earth Day Flag is also known as Ecology Flag.
- 10,000 Earth Day events are hosted around the world by Earth Day Network members.
- 2,000 colleges and 10,000 primary and secondary schools participated in the first Earth Day event.
- Earth Day led to the passage of Clean Air Act, the water Quality Improvement Act, and the Endangered Species Act.
- Recycling rate has increased from 10% in 1980 to over 34% in 2011.
We practice Earth Day every day here at Fluorolite Plastics by recycling 100% of our scrap materials.
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