Wednesday, April 22, 2020, marks the 50th annual Earth Day. Earth Day was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, who was concerned that environmental issues were not being addressed. He created the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, as a "national teach-in on the environment,” with celebrations taking place at universities, primary and secondary schools, and communities across the United States. The first Earth Day was effective at raising awareness about environmental issues and transforming public attitudes. It is thought that over 20 million people participated in events that day. In 1990, Earth Day became a worldwide event, with over 140 countries and 200 million people participating. Today, more than 1 billion people are involved in Earth Day activities, making it "the largest secular civic event in the world."
Since the first Earth Day in 1970, EPA has played a key role in hosting, coordinating and participating in the annual event. As we continue to observe CDC guidance to stem the spread of COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, EPA will offer ways to participate in Earth Day activities and education online through EPA social media channels. https://www.epa.gov/earthday
To promote public recognition of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, EPA is also inviting everyone to participate by drawing pictures and making signs recognizing Earth Day to hang in the windows of their homes to celebrate with neighbors and their community. A printable sign is also available online. Those who wish to share pictures of their artwork are welcome to do so on social media using the hashtags #EarthDayAtHome, #EarthDay2020, and #EPAat50.