Earth Day is a very popular day among citizens of the U.S. in the month of April. This day came about because of the environmental movement in 1970. Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 each year. A U.S. senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin, who later became the Earth Day founder, had an idea that the world should have one day where they focused on the environment.
On April 22, 1970, 20 million people were in the streets, parks, and auditoriums rallying for a healthy sustainable environment. Earth Day gained support from both Democrats and Republicans. The first Earth Day led to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. By the year 1990, Earth Day went viral and was lifting environmental issues on a world stage mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries. This day gave a huge boost to the recycling movement and the passage to the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. The Earth Day Network brought 250,000 people to the National Mall for a Climate Rally, launched the world’s largest environmental service project A Billion Acts of Green, introduced a global tree-planting initiative that has since grown into The Canopy Project, and engaged 22,000 partners in 192 countries in observing Earth Day. Earth Day in its current status is the largest secular observance in the world, which is celebrated by more than a billion people every year, and this particular day changes human behavior and provokes policy changes.