Each April 22, we recognize the anniversary of Earth Day, the beginning of the modern environmental movement. The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 when both activists and Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson voiced concern about the state of our planet and asked Americans to join a grassroots movement to address issues such as air and water pollution, as well as pesticide use. Groups that had been independently fighting against oil spills, toxic waste sites, and habitat destruction now realized they had a common interest. This led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and other environmental laws. In 1990, Earth Day went global and recycling efforts increased dramatically. Since then, environmental leaders and activists have pushed for action on global warming and the use of clean energy. 2020 marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and we now recognize our planet for the entire month!
There are LOTS of ways you can help to protect and save our planet!