Earth Day Turns 45

Tomorrow, April 22nd , is Earth Day and the 45th anniversary of what is considered the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

Earth Day was founded by Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after he witnessed the destruction caused by a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Senator Nelson proposed a “national teach-in on the environment” and enlisted colleagues and members of the community to support the initiative. On April 22, 1970 over 20 million Americans in cities across the nation participated in rallies for a healthy, sustainable environment.

The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

In 1990 Earth Day went global with over 200 million people in 141 countries participating in the movement. Recycling efforts became a worldwide focus as did pollution prevention.

In 1995 President Bill Clinton awarded Senator Nelson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor given to civilians in the United States, for his role as Earth Day founder.

This year, 192 countries will take part in Earth Day events and educational programs. Dade Paper will be participating in Celebrate Earth Day at the Orlando International Airport. Organized by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, this event provides an opportunity for airport staff, passengers, and members of the community to learn about sustainability initiatives at the airport. Our team members will be on hand to answer questions about green cleaning and sustainable foodservice packaging.

Founded by the organizers of the first Earth Day, the Earth Day Network (EDN) also promotes year-round environmental citizenship around the globe. To learn more, visit their website at earthday.org.

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