A Brief History of Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! Did you know that we’ve been celebrating Earth Day on April 22 since its founding in 1970?

I know that not everyone is crazy about Earth Day. It seems kind of silly that we set aside a day to care about the planet, doesn’t it? We should be caring for the Earth every day of the year! Unfortunately, not everyone prioritizes the environment every day, but on Earth Day those folks might be a little bit more receptive to messages about conservation. Is it a bummer that we need a day to get the message out? Absolutely! But dwelling on that isn’t going to change people’s minds and behaviors. I like to think of Earth Day as an opportunity to show that living in harmony with the Earth isn’t difficult or expensive, and that it can actually be fun!

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Earth Day and the environmental movement have a rich history here in the U.S. The folks at Kars for Kids—a group that takes car donations to help out kids in need—created an Earth Day infographic that outlines the history of Earth Day and highlights some of the powerful activism that has helped shaped the environmental movement. Check it out (click to view full-sized):

Earth Day graphic produced by the Kars4Kids car donation program “Responsible vehicle recycling for future generations.

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168 comments

Philippa Powers
Philippa P2 days ago

Make every day Earth Day!

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Carl R
Carl R4 days ago

thanks!!!

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heather g
heather g4 days ago

Interesting history - thank you.

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Marija M
Marija M5 days ago

tks

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Margie F
Margie F5 days ago

How interesting.

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Christian M
Christian M5 days ago

Love the illustration from the graphic

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Winn A
Winn A5 days ago

I hope especially with this current administration that we continue to March.

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Winn A
Winn A5 days ago

We had a march in our small city on Earth Day.

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Winn A
Winn A5 days ago

In 1970 my Mom was in NYC and happened upon the parade and she decided to join them.

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Jonathan H
Jonathan Harper6 days ago

Noted

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