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    Fun Facts about Earth Day

    Most people know that every April 22nd, we take time to preserve, appreciate and protect our beautiful home planet. However, there's so much that many of us still don't know about this global holiday that was officially inaugurated 47 years ago (yes, really). Get in the eco-friendly know with these fun Earth Day facts.

    History

    Earth Day owes its very existence to Gaylord Nelson, a former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin who was prompted into action after seeing the Santa Barbara oil spills of 1969. First conceived as a "national teach-in on the environment," Nelson and his selected team developed a national staff to raise global consciousness and manage ecologically centric events throughout the U.S. They deliberately designated April 22 a go day since it's a date that falls after college spring breaks, but before final exams. On April 22, 1970 Nelson and crew kicked off the first official Earth Day, with over 20 million participants. Eventually Nelson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award for his vision and efforts.

    Other Earth Day Facts You Should Know

    Beyond the history of the day, there is a host of other compelling Earth Day facts you may want to consider, such as:

    Earth Day, Rebranded
    While still commonly referred to as "Earth Day," the United Nations actually renamed this celebration "Mother Earth Day" in 2009. Additionally, some regions and campuses opt for an entire "Earth Week" to ensure there's enough time dedicated to planet preservation awareness and education.

    Ways to Honor The Mother Earth
    There are a lot of ways to celebrate Earth Day. Some of the more popular activities include planting trees, cleaning parks, oceans and public spaces, leaving automobiles parked for the day, conserving water, unsubscribing to junk mailings, signing petitions focused on environmental health, and consciously minimizing our individual carbon footprints.

    Popularity is Growing
    What started as a movement in the U.S. in 1970 has reach epic, global proportions. On its 40th anniversary, over 1 billion participants, in over 180 countries, commemorated Earth Day. Popularity of this day continues to grow, with activists throughout the world using social media forums as a powerful means to promote events internationally. As the 50th anniversary approaches (2020) global Earth Day coordinator, Earth Day Network, has begun the commemorative countdown by already setting goals and promoting worldwide events and initiatives.

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