Earth Day is the name given to two different annual observances that are intended to raise awareness about a wide range of environmental issues and problems, and to inspire people to take personal action to address them.
Except for that general goal, the two events are unrelated, even though both were founded about a month apart in 1970 and both have gained wider acceptance and popularity ever since.
Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22nd. In 1963, Senator Gaylord Nelson wasn’t happy with the earth’s condition. He wanted to clean up the planet and solve pollution and environmental problems. As a senator, Gaylord Nelson was someone chosen by US citizens to help make laws, so he had a lot of power. He went to John F. Kennedy, the President at the time, with his concerns. The President agreed that the planet’s environment was a serious issue, so President Kennedy went around the country on a five day tour to promote the idea of cleaning up the planet. People began making small changes, but it wasn’t enough.
A few years later, Senator Nelson decided to put one day aside every year for the cause of saving the planet. On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated. Since then, Earth Day has become an international holiday. People all over the world are doing something to make Earth a cleaner, better place. Kid world along with founder, Allen Achilles, make an extra effort to protect the environment by recycling all used electronics.
The First Earth Day
The first Earth Day celebration took place on March 21, 1970, the vernal equinox that year. It was the brainchild of John McConnell a newspaper publisher and influential community activist, who proposed the idea of a global holiday called Earth Day at a UNESCO Conference on the Environment in 1969.
McConnell suggested an annual observance to remind the people of Earth of their shared responsibility as environmental stewards.
He chose the vernal equinox—the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere, the first day of autumn in the southern hemisphere—because it is a day of renewal.
At the vernal equinox (always March 20 or March 21), night and day is the same length everywhere on Earth. McConnell believed that Earth Day should be a time of equilibrium when people could put aside their differences and recognize their common need to preserve Earth’s resources.
Did You Know?
’80s rock band Dramarama , wrote a song about Earth Day in 1993 called “What Are We Gonna Do?”
More than 20 million demonstrators took part in Earth Day activities in 1970.
Today more than 500 million people in 164 countries participate in Earth Day festivities!
Every year, 14 billion tons of garbage is dumped in the ocean.
Do Your Part to Make a Difference
Encouraging your family to recycle on a regular basis is a good way to help the Earth!
Switching to energy-efficient light bulbs in your house helps to reduce the effects of global warming.
Every glass bottle you recycle saves enough energy to run a TV for an hour and a half, while recycling an aluminum can saves enough energy to run your TV for three hours!
Turn out the lights when you leave a room – unless someone’s still in there!
Use re-useable containers for you school lunches and snacks
Now No matter when you celebrate Earth Day, its message about the personal responsibility we all share to “think globally and act locally” as environmental stewards of planet Earth has never been more timely or important.
Our planet is in crisis due to global warming, overpopulation, and other critical environmental issues. Every person on Earth shares the responsibility to do as much as they can to preserve the planet’s finite natural resources today and for future generations.
Sunrise green pak organization also understands its responsibility towards Environmental issues and contributing in making this planet a better place to live , sunrise green pak organization celebrate Earth day ever year.