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What You Don't Know About Earth Day

It's Earth Day on April 22nd. Hooray! The celebration is really all about showing support for the various issues that we have in our environment. This also serves as an avenue for the young and the generations to come understand the importance of caring for and protecting our dear planet. So before the people all around the globe come together, here are some Earth Day facts that you probably didn't know. 

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What You Don't Know About Earth Day

Bob Papke

A 25 year Sammamish / Eastside resident who loves to help others realize their real estate dreams...

A 25 year Sammamish / Eastside resident who loves to help others realize their real estate dreams...

Apr 14 3 minutes read

The First Earth Day

The very first celebration of Earth Day was on April 22, 1970 founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson. This event is considered by some as the birth of the environmental movement as well. 

How It Began

An environmental nightmare is what gave birth to Earth Day. A gas and oil leak on the afternoon of January 29, 1969 took place in Santa Barbara, California.

Why April 22?

Senator Nelson initially wanted to get the most number of college kids who can participate in the event and this date is perfect because it sits just between Spring break and the finals frenzy. It also helps that it's after Easter and Passover.

100,000 Bicycles

On Earth Day 2012, 100,000 bicycles were ridden in China to raise climate change awareness. Bicycles were used to show that riding bicycles can help save fuel burned by motor vehicles while also reducing carbon emissions.

The Anthem

To honor our dear planet and its inhabitants, Indian poet and diplomat Abhay Kumar wrote a piece called the "Earth Anthem". It has since been translated in all of the official UN languages, as well as English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Hindi, Nepali, and Chinese.

7.8 Billion Trees

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the event by 2020, a goal to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide was set by the Earth Day network. We will all see how we did once Earth Day 2020 unfolds.

A Global Event

Today, Earth Day has truly become a phenomenon all over the world although its origin can be traced back to the US. Denis Hayes was responsible for making similar events happen in 141 countries back in 1990 thus giving Earth Day its international status.

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