Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22. Events are held worldwide on Earth Day to demonstrate support for environmental protection.
Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.
The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. 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. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land.
As a result, on the 22nd of April, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.
Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders.[Source: Earthday.org]
Few years back, we have created this video to give details about Earth Day. You may embed this video in your website or blog posts to create awareness about Earth Day.
Many companies and organizations will be giving freebies on April 22nd to raise public awareness about the Earth Day.
And, the Search Engine Google used to show Doodle on Earth Day. Watch this video to see the Doodle shown last year for Earth Day.
Earth Day Quotes
We have collected and published lot of Earth Day Quotes in our Quotes website TheQuotes.Net
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. -Proverb
The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it.
He that plants trees loves others beside himself.
- Thomas Fuller
The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.
- Ralph Nader
You can read many Earth Day Quotes from here, or you can watch these Earth Day Quotes as Video.
Earth Day SlogansWe have collected lot of interesting Earth Day Slogans and published them here.
Our Facebook application allows you to easily set these Earth Day Slogans as your Facebook timeline cover images.
And, you can watch these Earth Day Slogans as Video also.
And, you can watch an inspiring speech of girl about saving our environment here.
Earth Day 2014
The Theme for Earth Day 2014 is Green Cities.
Earth Day Network launched the Green Cities campaign in the fall of 2013 to help cities around the world become more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint. Focused on three key elements – buildings, energy, and transportation – the campaign aims to help cities accelerate their transition to a cleaner, healthier, and more economically viable future through improvements in efficiency, investments in renewable technology, and regulation reform.
Most of the world currently relies on outdated electric generation structures that are extremely inefficient and dirty. To help cities become more sustainable, we need to redesign the current system, transition to renewable energy sources, and implement 21st century solutions.
Buildings account for nearly one third of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Through simple efficiency and design improvements to buildings we can reduce those emissions drastically. To realize that vision, cities need to update ordinances, switch to performance based building codes, and improve financing options.
Transportation is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, three quarters of which comes directly from road vehicles. To reduce these emissions and the resulting smog, we need to improve standards, increase public transportation options, invest in alternative transportation, and improve city walkability and bikeability.
Search Engine Google is showing a Doodle for Earth Day 2014. You can watch this video to see the Doodle.
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