Did you know there are two Earth Days? One is the March equinox, and the other is celebrated on April 22. The Earth Day celebrated on the March Equinox, was founded by peace activist John McConnell in 1969. The April 22nd Earth Day was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson also in 1969.
Both Earth Days raised public awareness about pollution, oil spills and the extinction of several species. Earth Day events have spread, thanks to the help of the internet. In 2008, most local communities host their own events, joining major cities, countries and millions of people across the world.
Earth Day is a time for reflection. But how can the enthusiasm for change and making a difference be translated into daily action? They say that “Every day is Earth Day,” and Begreenminded.com says that every action (however small) will create a collective change – and the first step is to take that action.
What action for change will you pledge to make on Earth Day?
For more information on the history of Earth Day, click here for an account by Senator Gaylord Nelson himself.