Each year, Earth Day, April 22, marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. The idea for a national day to focus on the environment came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson. On April 22,1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment.
Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values. By the end of that 1970, the first Earth Day had led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This event had reached into its current status as the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year, and a day of action that changes human behavior and provokes policy changes.
Today, the fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate change become more manifest every day. Be a part of this program and help write many more chapters, struggles and victories, into the Earth Day book! 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! In honor of this milestone, Earth Day Network is preparing to announce an ambitious set of goals to shape the future we need.
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