Almost 48 years ago on April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impact of 150 years of industrial development. In the United States and around the world, smog was becoming deadly and evidence was growing that pollution led to development delays in children.
Biodiversity was in decline as a result of the heavy use of pesticides and other pollutants. Global ecological awareness was growing, and the U.S. Congress and President Nixon responded quickly. In July of that same year, they created the Environmental Protection Agency, and robust environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act and the endangered Species Act.
Earth Day is now a global event each year, and we believe that more than one billion people in 192 countries now take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world! Let’s do our part to protect Mother Earth!