On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated. This date marks the birth of the modern environmental movement.
Today’s (April 22) story of what happened this day in Science, Technology, Astronomy, and Space Exploration history.
First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is an annual event celebrated every year on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection.
Earth Day now includes events in more than 193 countries, which are coordinated globally by EarthDay.org (formerly Earth Day Network).
Earth Day Network works year-round to solve climate change, end plastic pollution, protect endangered species, and broaden, educate, and activate the environmental movement across the globe.
A brief story of the first Earth Day
In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, the American peace activist John McConnell (March 22, 1915 – October 20, 2012) proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be observed on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere.
This day of nature’s equipoise was later sanctioned in a proclamation written by McConnell and signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations.
A month later, United States Senator Gaylord Nelson proposed the idea to hold a nationwide environmental teach-in on April 22, 1970. He hired a young activist, Denis Hayes, to be the National Coordinator. Nelson and Hayes renamed the event “Earth Day”.
Denis and his staff grew the event beyond the original idea for a teach-in to include the entire United States. More than 20 million people poured out on the streets, and the first Earth Day remains the largest single-day protest in human history.
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