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 History



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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

love it! we ARE making progress, just not fast enough!

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

thank you

Dave C.
David C.3 years ago

earth day everyday....

Vicky P.
Vicky P.3 years ago

Mike..the planet is warming, you can see that where the ice is melting in a short period of time..

Darren Woolsey
Darren Woolsey3 years ago

It's kind of surprising it doesn't go back further than 1970...

Rose Becke3 years ago

Great info thanks

paul m.
paul m.3 years ago

We live here ..make it good .. just passing through..

Mary ann S.
mary ann s.3 years ago

Thanks for the info on earth day

Michael H.
Mike H.3 years ago