The History of Earth Day | Earth Day - Deepstash
Earth Day: Origins
  • Earth Day, the birth of the environmental movement, is about raising public consciousness about the condition of our beloved blue planet.
  • The first Earth Day was celebrated on 22nd April 1970, a time when industrialization was making American corporations consume leaded gas and other harmful pollutants, something which the average American was unaware of.
  • The rising consciousness was a result of a 1962 bestseller ‘Silent Spring’ which shined a light on the decaying planet, the condition of living organisms, and the link between pollution and disease.


In 1990, Earth Day mobilized 200 million individuals in over 140 countries, catapulting environmental issues on the global stage.

The recycling efforts across the world got a huge boost and paved the way for a UN Earth Summit to happen in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The Earth Day Founder, Senator Gaylord Nelson was awarded the Presidential Medal Of Freedom.


With a new Millenium providing fresh new energy, Earth Day 2000 leveraged global and local individuals, the power of the internet, and over five thousand environmental groups in over 184 countries to reach out to millions.

It sent a clear message to those in power: Citizens from across the world demand accountability towards environmental issues.


As Earth Day completed forty years, it battled new enemies: Climate change deniers and oil lobbyists with deep pockets. Other challenges were a distracted public, shrewd politicians and a divided environmental community.

Yet the collective power of global environmental activists won over these challenges, and established EARTHDAY.ORG, bringing millions of people into the environmental movement.


Earth Day activates over a billion people every year on 22nd April, and is the largest secular observance across the world.

As world leaders are relentlessly valuing greed over the environment, the citizens of the world are rising up to take action for our planet and its inhabitants.


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