Earth Day is just days away, which means it is the perfect time to start looking for fun ways that you can celebrate the holiday with your whole family. Keep these Earth Day facts in mind to share with your friends and family on April 22nd.
- The very first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970 and was the brainchild of Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson.
- Earth Day started in the United States but became a recognized holiday around the world by 1990.
- Disney released a documentary film called “Earth” on Earth Day 2009, which followed the migration paths for four different animal families.
- On the first Earth Day, 20 million people gathered in the streets in cities across the country to protest the industrial revolution. An environmental movement was started after the first Earth Day.
- Each year on April 22nd, people collect garbage, clean up coral reefs, plant trees, sign petitions, show movies, and plan for a better future for the planet as a whole.
- The United Nations officially renamed Earth Day as International Mother Earth Day in 2009.
- Some communities and schools celebrate Earth Day for an entire week to help expand on the time that people focus on preserving the Earth.
- Over 100,000 people rode bikes in China for Earth Day 2012 to help save fuel and reduce CO2 emission throughout the country.
- 28 million trees were planted in Afghanistan by the Earth Day Network to help celebrate Earth Day in 2011.
- 100 different endangered species of orchids were planted and maintained in Panama to help prevent their extinction to help celebrate Earth Day.
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