18 interesting facts about Earth Day which you should know

In honor of Earth Day, I’ve put together an interesting list of facts about this day. We must take care of this world we all share. It’s also a great opportunity to recommit and strive to do a better job.

Here are a few things you probably don’t know about this global environmental celebration.

1. It was first held on April 22, 1970.

2. Peace activist John McConnell proposed this day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace.

3. Gaylord Nelson and Denis Hayes renamed the event “Earth Day”, which immediately sparked US media attention, and caught on across the country.

4. The first Earth Day was focused in the United States and it remains the largest single-day protest in human history.

5. In 1990, Denis Hayes, the original national coordinator in 1970, took it internationally and organized events in 141 nations.

6. The Santa Barbara oil spill occurred in January and February 1969 in California. More than three million gallons of oil spewed, killing more than 10,000 seabirds, dolphins, seals, and sea lions. It remains the largest oil spill to have occurred in the waters of California.

7. As a reaction to the Santa Barbara Oil Spill disaster, activists were mobilized to create environmental regulations, environmental education, and Earth Day.

8. Gaylord Nelson was inspired to create Earth Day upon seeing Santa Barbara Channel 800 square-mile oil slick from an airplane.

9. Nash, Garrett Hardin, McGinnes, and others went on to develop the first undergraduate Environmental Studies program of its kind at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

10. The seeds that grew into the first Earth Day were planted by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson.

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Authored by Prerna Dhulekar

This article first appeared on justmorealive.com .

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