Earth Day 2011

Earth day was founded in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson, but only after several years in the planning. Frustrated that the environment was a “non-issue” in politics in the 1960s, Senator Nelson flew to Washington, and presented an idea that both the then Attorney General, Robert Kennedy, and then President, John F. Kennedy, both liked. What ensued from that meeting was a “five-day, 11-state conservation tour in September 1963″ by President Kennedy. (The tour took place a mere two months before he was assassinated.)

After several years speaking throughout the country on the environmental degradation he saw all around him, and spurred on by “teach-ins”, the anti-Vietnam war protests taking place across the U.S., Nelson finally hit upon his idea – create “a huge grassroots protest over what was happening to our environment[.]”

With “neither the time nor resources to organize 20 million demonstrators,” Nelson, his senatorial staff and dozens of volunteers, including “thousands of schools and local communities” brought together an American public just waiting for a platform to voice their concerns about the environment. Nelson said, “That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day. It organized itself.” [1]

After 40 years, Earth Day has organized itself into 77,862,183 people having pledged to do their part to help planet earth.

This year, Earth Day 2011 is being organized around the theme of A Billion Acts of Greenģ, which encourages individuals, corporations and non-corporate organizations to “live and act sustainably.”

There are all kinds of ways to participate in Earth Day, from local events you can host or attend, to things to do with the whole family, to easy ways to green your Earth Day.

- Jocelyn Broyles

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[1] All information and quotes from Senator Gaylor Nelson in “How The First Earth Day Came About” published on


Winn Adams
Winn A4 years ago


Aud Nordby
Aud n4 years ago


Terry V.
Terry V4 years ago

"There is something fundamentally wrong with treating the earth as if it were a business in liquidation."
~ Herman Daly

Fi T.
Past Member 4 years ago

Love our home Earth

Patricia H.
Patricia H.4 years ago

Happy Earth Day

Elaina Tess
Elaina Tess6 years ago

Hi, I am one of a group of teachers that would like our school district to implement recycling programs in all of the Atlanta Public Schools. Please read and sign the petition! Just copy and paste the link to your browser. Thank you!

Christa Deanne
Oceana Ellingson6 years ago

Earth day is everyday.

Danuta W.
Danuta W6 years ago


Bob O.
Bob O.6 years ago

About a year and a half ago Science Daily noted that overpopulation was the biggest threat to our world. Global warming was second. Obviously overpopulation increases the use of the irreplaceable natural resources; increases the waste and pollutants that affect our air, water and land; reduces the amount of water for drinking and farming; reduces the amount of arable land available for each person; increases famines and poverty; and increases illegal immigration to escape these problems. Uninformed people criticize Malthus, but what he said is true. His Britain is a net importer of food today. For skeptics, rather than saying that the facts are not true and hoping you are right, it would be wise to look at the evidence and criticize it with evidence rather than with hope. I suggest that you read Book 1, especially the sections on skeptics, in "In Search of Utopia" at It is authoritative, documented, and free.

Valentina Sarateanu

More than 40 years since first brought to the attention of humanity! Where is the attention of humanity? If this is not a priority, then what is?