Earth day was founded in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson. It started as a grassroots movement, Earth Day created public support for the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and contributed to the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, the End angered Species Act and several other environmental laws.
Reflecting on the 10th anniversary of Earth Day, Nelson wrote in an article for EPA Journal, “It was on that day that Americans made it clear that they understood and were deeply concerned over the deterioration of our environment and the mindless dissipation of our resources.” In 1995, President Bill Clinton awarded Nelson the Presidential Medal of Freedom for being the founder of Earth Day.
Modern Earth Day Earth Day continued to grow over the years. Earth Day 2000 included 5,000 environmental groups and 184 countries.
In 2010, for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, 225,000 people gathered at the National Mall for a climate rally. The impact of Earth Day Although Earth Day has become mainstream, surveys show that environmentalism may be stumbling.
Earth Day is still important because it reminds people to think about humanity’s values, the threats the planet faces and ways to help protect the environment.
For more information on Earth Day check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day
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