During a conference in 1969, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson announced his plans for a nationwide protest. This demonstration would be used to bring awareness to the current environmental issues and to promote positive environmental change. The following year, his plans became a reality. On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day demonstration was held across the United States of America.
With 20 million Americans reported to have participated in the 1970 Earth Day events, the day was declared a success. From that year forward on each April 22, people have rallied together to spread the message of bringing positive change to the Earth’s environment.
Since its inception, Earth Day has quickly become a substantial part of the modern environmental movement. With each passing year, the demonstrations have become larger and farther reaching. Currently, 175 countries and half a billion people participate each year in events organized by the non-profit organization, Earth Day Network.
The current issues that have come to the forefront of the Earth Day campaign include switching to renewable energy instead of relying on fossil fuels, educating individuals about sustainable consumption, and reducing poverty by creating green jobs. By focusing on these key issues, the world is able to stand together as one and better voice their environmental concerns.
With the Earth’s environment in a constant state of uncertainty, it is becoming increasingly important to spread awareness of the environmental issues that are currently occurring around the globe. Earth Day succeeds in connecting people from around the world to better address these mounting concerns. When the world comes together to promote positive change, a better environmental future becomes possible.