Every April 22, one billion people around the world celebrate Earth Day in an effort to raise awareness about pollution and highlight changes in the environment. But people weren’t always so invested in the well-being of our planet.
In the 1960s, gas-guzzling cars were the norm, and there was no way to stop companies from dumping toxic waste or polluting the air. In 1970, spurred by an oil spill in California the year before, former U.S. senator Gaylord Nelson organized the first Earth Day—a national “teach-in” that focused on educating the public about the environment.
We look at how Earth Day has evolved since then and why the cause is still relevant today.
April 22 may be the official Earth Day, but you can extend your eco-consciousness for the other 364 days of the year with our handy tips featured in the Earth Day Solutions for Every Day article.
By Alexandra Ward