Some Earth Day History
Founded by U.S Senator Gaylord Nelson after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, he announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media alongside Pete McCloskey, and Denis Hayes. Together they built a national staff to promote events across the States.
Earth Day Today
Each year, April 22 marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. As more than a billion people celebrate it, it is the largest secular observance in the world that promotes changing human behavior and policy.
- If you live in a city, look into urban environmental issues like contaminated drinking water and energy conservation. (Flint Water Crisis)
- If you live near a body of water, do research to find out whether it’s healthy or in need of help. Local Beach Water Testing & Safe Water Programs
- Find out which species native to your area are under threat of extinction
- Look for ways to reduce your carbon footprint!
- Reduce, reuse and recycle!
- Watch this video from the Earth Day Canada and consider adding them to the list of charities you support!