Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22. Every year, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. This year (2020) we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The first Earth Day was in 1970, when public environmental consciousness was emerging and beginning to take root.
Before Americans embraced an environmental awareness, there was widespread pollution without fear of reprisal. Factories smoked the air and cars used leaded gas; in fact, air pollution was accepted as the sign of prosperity.
However, the stage was set for change with the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962. The book was sold in 24 countries and raised awareness of the link between pollution, public health, earth health, and the shared environment of all creatures.
Today, Earth Day is widely recognized. It is a day that calls for action to change human behavior and provoke policy changes. As we increase awareness of climate change and some of its causes, we are outraged with any international environmental lethargy. Young people like Greta Thunberg are calling for change and stressing the urgency of the situation. It is time. The theme for Earth Day 2020: Climate Action.
2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In honor of this milestone, Earth Day Network is launching an ambitious set of goals to shape the future of 21st century environmentalism. Learn more here.