Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.
The day originated in 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco where peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere.
A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson, a Democrat, as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media; he persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes as national coordinator. It may have been the last constructive act by both parties.
Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award in recognition of his work. While this April 22 Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations.
The Jingletown Arts & Business Community (JABC) did it up in fine style last weekend as they have for several years.
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Links to more info about Earthday:
Earth Day official website
Styrous® ~ April 22, 2015