The world’s first recognized Earth Day was conceived and celebrated in the United States in 1970. Since that time, according to EarthDay.org, each year more than one billion people participate in Earth Day activities in more than 190 nations.
EarthDay.org also asserts that Earth Day 1970 “achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, urban dwellers and farmers, business and labor leaders.”
Earth Day’s objective is to draw attention to the effects of industrialization, pollution, pesticides, our ever-dwindling expanses of green spaces and the extinction of certain wildlife.
By 1990, Earth Day had gone global with events being held in 141 countries and was the impetus of the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
More than 50 years after the first Earth Day celebration occurred, the day is now recognized as the largest secular observance in the world with more than one billion individuals participating in efforts to change human behavior and create global policies designed to protect our planet and its inhabitants.
We would like to see emphasis on the protection of our planet each day of every year and in every nation. It’s for the common good of humanity, and we all benefit.