In September of 1969, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin) gave a speech in Seattle, WA. During this speech, and an identical one 6 days later in Atlantic City, NJ he announced his idea for a nationwide day to raise awareness of and inspire appreciation for the Earths environment. Today, 40 years later, we still celebrate and advocate proactive solutions to our planets needs.
Denis Hayes founded the Earth Day Network to promote the first Earth Day in 1970, and their work continues today. Their international network coordinates with over 19,000 organizations in 192 countries to plan and carry out millions of community development and environmental-protection activities throughout the year.
For the 40th anniversary, the Earth Day Network has created a number of worldwide programs that they expect at least 1.5 billion individuals to participate in. These programs include:
Global Day of Conversation
A day of worldwide conversation between mayors that will focus on building a green economy
Athletes for the Earth
Olympic, professional, and local athletes will promote solutions for climate change
A Billion Acts of Green
Bringing together the millions of initiatives and commitments that organizations and individuals across the globe promise each year.
Artists for the Earth
Artists and art institutions all around the world take part in a campaign to raise awareness of environmental issues.
To get involved, click the EDN logo below to the Earth Day Networks website. Remember, you can make a difference even by making the smallest changes to your everyday life. Whether its conserving electricity, or recycling, small efforts add up and create waves