If you’re wondering what Earth Day is and what it’s all about, we’ve got you covered in this post.
You’ll get the background information and ideas to inspire your own Earth Day celebrations on this special day when we express our gratitude for our home planet and encourage everyone to continue the fight to protect its environment.
After all, it’s the only one we’ve got and we must nurture it.
So first, let’s look at the beginnings of Earth Day.
Who Started Earth Day?
In 1970, the original idea for Earth Day was put forward by Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin, USA. He was joined by Pete McCloskey, a Republican Congressman.
Originally a “Teach-In”
Nelson set about to organize a “teach-in” on college campuses to the national media and to hold it on April 22 to accommodate students around spring break and exam time.
Soon Became National
With the inclusion of a young activist named Denis Hayes, the event became a national affair and spread to inspire millions of people to take part in activities and demonstrations that made environmental issues front and center.
Created an Environmental Mindset
That first Earth Day set in motion the atmosphere for changes that included the passing of laws to protect the environment and the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
In 1990, Earth Day went global and became an international event. It mobilized millions of people to speak out for the health of the planet.
Still Strong Today
Today, Earth Day is still a basis for groups and individuals coming together on a global scale of over a billion people to continue the fight to save the environment from destruction.
So, how is it celebrated today?
How Is Earth Day Celebrated?
In 2020, Earth Day celebrated its 50th anniversary. It is still going strong and empowering millions of people around the world to fight for the environment.
Individuals, Groups, and Organizations Take Part
Individuals, groups, and organizations recognize that the fight to save our planet is more urgent than ever before. In fact, it’s beyond urgent at this point.
Voicing Concern for the Environment
And so, on Earth Day, people are inspired to engage in many forms of voicing their concern over the state of our environment and the crisis we face today.
There are usually events such as parades, demonstrations, social media campaigns, and other events.
Some of the things you can do on a personal level include:
- Take part in community events.
- Contact government officials with concerns about the environment.
- Sign petitions for better environmental protection laws.
- Spend time in nature to renew a personal connection.
- Help organize or lead a local activity.
- Take part in social media events or campaigns.
There is always an abundance of local and national events and activities to take part in or contribute to for Earth Day. Or you can decide on something to do alone to mark the occasion.
Earth Day in Canada
Earth Day has been a significant celebration in Canada almost since it started. Canadians care about the environment and want to see improvements in caring for it.
The mission statement of the earthday.ca website reads, “To help people and organizations reduce their environmental impact.”
And, that’s the whole point in Canada, and everywhere in the world, every day.
The Canadian Earth Day website also has an abundance of information and links for various campaigns and events you can take part in to celebrate the occasion and contribute to the effort to save our planet.
So, what is Earth Day? It’s a day to mark the ongoing effort to protect the environment from destruction and preserve the one and only place we can call home – the Earth.