Representatives from 175 countries have signed the historic Paris Agreement (climate deal) on Earth Day.
Here are some things you probably did not know about Earth Day.
Does the date, April 22, mean any significance to you? Well it should! It's Earth Day! What is Earth Day you ask? Well, it is the largest environment movement that seeks to provide a healthy, sustainable environment that tackles various environmental issues. Since April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network has been at the forefront of
the environmental movement — in the
United States and around the world. It's a movement defined by environmental activism, community engagement, civic involvement, and green mobilization — and it continues to produce incredible achievements.
Each year, Earth Day–April 22–marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. So how did the idea come about? The idea for a national day to focus on the environment was thought of by Earth Day founder, Gaylord Nelson. He was a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, who after witnessing the severe damages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, decided to take action. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution,
it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Could you imagine 20 million Americans, who shared the same values of environment protection, taking on the challenge of fighting for a healthy environment? Well, it's true! This event took place on April 22, 1970. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the further deterioration of the environment.