You probably have noticed Earth Day on your April calendar and you may have wondered what, exactly, is it? Earth Day came about after six years of effort from then Senator Gaylord Nelson, who, back in the 1960s, had the foresight to look at the long term impact of pollution on the environment. He was instrumental in getting his message out to college students, who took this issue on with concern and enthusiasm for this project.
Earth Day became a National Awareness day on January 20, 1970, with the date set for celebration as April 22 of every year. In 2007, it is estimated that one billion people recognized Earth Day in some way.
Internationally, Earth Day is celebrated at different times, in approximately 175 countries. In the northern hemisphere, it is observed in the spring; in the southern hemisphere, Earth Day is observed in the fall.
The purpose of Earth Day was to raise awareness of environmental issues, promote education about the issue, and to advocate for a healthy and sustainable planet. Many schools have taken Earth Day a step further to incorporate extended teaching of environmental issues and observe Earth Week.
To find events in your area, or to get ideas for helping you commemorate this special day, go to www.earthdaynetwork.com. Get involved in helping in your community, whatever the needs may be. Every city has a park, street or stream that needs cleaning up, and it takes only a few volunteers to make a huge difference. Take the time to learn about how you can help preserve this planet for future generations. They will thank you for it!