The very first Earth Day
Earth Day first came into being on April 22, 1970, followed in 1972 by World Environment Day. It has been celebrated ever since, slowly but surely picking up steam as more and more people have recognised the importance of taking care of the earth.
Earth Day is now a global event
Earth Day remained a grassroots affair for 20 years, before going global and spreading out to 140 countries in 1990. It’s now celebrated in over 190 countries, with an estimated 1 billion people the world over participating each year.
Earth Day was the brainchild of US Governor Gaylord Nelson
Gaylord Nelson, a two-term governor of Wisconsin in the US (1958 to 1962), was responsible for focusing his state’s environmental policy, establishing a single Department of Resource Development, a Youth Conservation Corps, and setting aside $50 million to buy land and convert it to parks and wilderness areas during the years he was in office. This earned him the nickname “Conservation Governor.” Nelson was then elected a US senator, where he became known as a champion for the earth.