The first Earth Day family had participants and celebrants in two thousand colleges and universities, roughly ten thousand primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of communities across the United States, in 1970.
More importantly, it “brought 20 million Americans out into the spring sunshine for peaceful demonstrations in favor of environmental reform.” Earth Day is now observed in 192 countries, and coordinated by the nonprofit Earth Day Network, chaired by the first Earth Day 1970 organizer Denis Hayes, according to whom Earth Day is now “the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year.” Environmental groups have sought to make Earth Day into a day of action which changes human behavior and provokes policy changes.
What will YOU do to celebrate Earth Day? Maybe plant a tree? How about planting milkweed for Monarch butterflies, or start a compost bin, avoid your car and ride your bike instead, or go paperless (pay your bills online).
The best part about Earth Day is that you can (and should) celebrate it whenever you’d like!
HAPPY EARTH DAY!