Last Updated on April 12, 2023
It’s safe to say that the celebration of Earth Day has had a monumental impact on the world we know today.
Starting all the way back in 1970, Earth Day has since grown to be the world’s largest environmental movement and is gathering more and more momentum with each passing year.
If you’re curious about the origins of Earth Day and are eager to learn how you can get involved, I’ll be breaking down all you need to know about this iconic day.
What is Earth Day?
Earth Day is a global event that unites millions of people in support of the environment, as well as celebrating the impact that this day has had since it began.
This day encourages individuals to look at their own impact on the environment and understand how how any climate action can lead to change on a local, national and global level.
Why was Earth Day created?
Earth Day was founded in the aftermath of the 1969 oil spill in California, which had a devastating impact on the environment and wildlife. This encouraged US senator Gaylord Nelson to organise teach-ins on college campuses across the United States, educating students about both air and water pollution on April 22nd, 1970.
The impact of these teach-ins was monumental and sparked 20 million Americans to participate in marches and rallies to protest against the degradation of the environment and to spark environmental legislative change.
And that’s exactly what they achieved. Not long after the first Earth Day the US passed the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.
What is the Earth Day theme for 2023?
Invest In Our Planet. This is a continuation from last year’s theme which encourages individuals, businesses and governments to invest in a better future of the planet.
At an individual level, this involves spending time into thinking about how you can better your environmental impact, and make an impact with how you vote and spend money.
How can you celebrate Earth Day?
No matter whether you are a fully-fledged climate activist or just dipping your toe into the world of sustainability, there are so many ways you can celebrate Earth day in a productive way!
Across the globe, there are always large scale events taking place on Earth Day, so why not get involved in some of those? These can include anything from taking part in an environmental march, picking up litter, attending a clothes swap or spending time in nature.
Discover the top 10 Earth day events taking place globally here!