Earth Day is April 22

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Keeping America Beautiful Since 1970

In the United States, Earth Day is observed every year on April 22. What began in the United States in 1970 is now a worldwide activity spanning more than a week. Over a billion individual participants from more than 180 countries join the United States in efforts to preserve Earth's natural resources.

Earth Day Origins

Environmental leader and United States Senator, Gaylord Nelson, started Earth Day as a grass roots movement (no pun intended) in the late 1960s. Following the publication of the book Silent Spring in 1962 and the Cleveland Cuyahoga River fire of 1969, Senator Nelson set his heart on creating national awareness of the dangers of pollution.

Taking lessons from other civil movements of the time, Nelson focused his attention on college students and organized "teach-ins" on several campuses. The positive response swept the nation faster than he ever imagined. As soon as people became aware of the harms of pollution, they sought change.

On April 22, 1970, more than 20 million people participated in activities for the first national Earth Day in the United States.

Positive Impacts of Earth Day

Since 1970, Earth Day activities and subsequent education have led to the passage of important legislation and the creation of influential protective groups. The Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Environmental Protection Agency are among the many positive results of Earth Day activities.

How Can We Participate in Earth Day?

Earth Day is now such a widely recognized observation that nearly every community in America will have some event or activity on offer. However, we shouldn't feel limited to only those events that are organized by others...

Keep in mind that Earth Day began with "teach-ins" where scholars would share information about preservation with people willing to listen and learn. We can have tremendous Earth Day impacts from right within our own homes and/or our surrounding communities.

What Do You Do For Earth Day?

Send us your pictures of Earth Day activities, American flags, flagpoles, ropes, or other accessories! We would be honored to feature your photography in our blog or on Facebook. Remember, photos of damaged flags and accessories are valuable, too.

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