Earth Day – The world’s largest civic observance
The concept of Earth Day was established in 1969 at a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Conference in San Francisco. On March 21, 1970, a sanctioned Proclamation was signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations.
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed.
Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
Growing out of the first Earth Day, the Earth Day Network works with more than 50,000 partners in 196 countries to build environmental democracy. It works through a combination of education, public policy and consumer campaigns.
Also, check out these resources for ways to celebrate Earth Day on your own or locally:
- University of Louisville Earth Week 2017
- Louisville Zoo Party for the Planet
- Kentucky State Parks Earth Day events
- Louisville Earth Walk at Iroquois Park
- 5 Ways to Commemorate Earth Week
- University of Kentucky Earth Days in the Bluegrass
- 30 ways to celebrate Earth Day everyday
- Top 10 Earth Day activities
- 8 ways to celebrate Earth Day
- 7 ways to celebrate Earth Day without planting a tree