Earth Day – April 22nd, 2014

In 1970, President Richard Nixon and Congress established the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to the growing public demand for cleaner water, air and land. The EPA’s mission is to protect human health and the environment.

Prior to the establishment of this agency, a factory could spew black clouds of toxins into the air or dump tons of toxic waste into a nearby stream, and it was perfectly legal. There were no legal or regulatory mechanisms in place that would stop them.

earthdayThis all changed in the spring of 1970, when Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to force this issue onto the national agenda. Twenty million Americans demonstrated in different U.S. cities, and it worked! April 22, 1970 was the first Earth Day.

Earth Day is observed every April 22nd and now is coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.

Here are some simple ways you too, can celebrate Earth Day on the 22nd of April and all year long.

  • Buy Local Produce
  • Stop Using Disposable Plastic
  • Eat Less Meat
  • Reduce Your Energy Consumption

About rcampagna
I am the Government Documents librarian at Brooklyn Law School Library.

One Response to Earth Day – April 22nd, 2014

  1. We celebrated Earth Day by planting a few trees on our land. Its important that we take care of our planet. Its the only one we have.

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