Make Every Day Earth Day

Make Every Day Earth Day

What is Earth Day?

Earth Day is a day when millions of people across the world come together to promote a cleaner, safer environment. Earth Day is held every year on April 22.


The History of Earth Day

Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin is considered the “founder” of Earth Day. Nelson’s idea evolved over a seven-year period beginning in 1962 and resulted in the first Earth Day being held on April 22, 1970. The first Earth Day drew together more than 20 million Americans and became the largest grassroots demonstration in U.S. history. Participants took to the streets, lobbied Congress and began the modern environmental movement. Earth Day 1970 helped develop public support that led to the enactment of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act as well as the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The rest is history. The 50th anniversary of Earth Day will be celebrated in 2020.

Things You Can Do To Celebrate Earth Day

Local Earth Day Events

Event Name Event Date City
Earth Day Aiken April 18, 2020 Aiken
Spartanburg Earth Day Festival April 18, 2020 Spartanburg
Earth Day Five - Oh! April 25, 2020 Columbia