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14 Awesome Earth Day Facts

14 Awesome Earth Day Facts

Don't know much about Earth Day? Here are 14 facts to get you started: 

  1. Earth Day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin State Senator, on April 22, 1970.
  2. Organizers started Earth Day in response to a massive oil spill in waters near Santa Barbara, California, in 1969.
  3. 20 million people participated coast-to-coast in the first Earth Day by taking to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to protest for a healthier, more sustainable environment. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment.
  4. By the end of 1970, the first Earth Day efforts led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.
  5. Though Earth Day originated in the US, it became recognized worldwide by 1990.
  6. Earth Day went global in 1990 with over 200 million people in 141 countries participating, bringing grave environmental issues to the world stage.
  7. Earth Day was renamed officially by the UN in 2009 as "International Mother Earth Day."
  8. Recycling, reuse, and remanufacturing account for 3.1 million jobs in the U.S.
  9. Recycling saves 3 to 5 times more energy than waste incinerator power plants generate.
  10. On Earth Day's 40th anniversary in 2010 more than 1 billion people and 180 countries celebrated.
  11. During an Earth Day celebration in 2011, 28 million trees were planted in Afghanistan by the Earth Day Network.
  12. On Earth Day 2012, more than 100,000 people rode bikes in China to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel.
  13. Recently in Panama, in honor of Earth Day, 100 species of endangered orchids were planted to prevent their extinction.
  14. Earth Day is the largest secular holiday in the world, one that is celebrated by more than one billion people worldwide.

Today is a great day to make the world just a little bit better!

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