Earth Day: 1970 to 2022

The First Earth Day

Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin organized the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. He hoped to raise awareness about environmental issues, such as clean air and water, and to rally support for the grassroots environmental movement.

Image Credit: Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

An estimated 20 million people took part in the first Earth Day, attending events at community sites and schools across the…

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Natasha Matta

Natasha Matta

Interested in all things health equity, social justice, and empowerment.