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The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 when over 20 million people across America celebrated and came together to create an awareness all year round. Today, an estimated 500 million people worldwide will celebrate this day on our home planet. The first Earth Day was was celebrated on April 22, 1970 when over 20 million people across America came together to build awareness of the growing environmental crisis. Today, an estimated 500 million people in 175 nations worldwide will observe Earth Day.
It’s nice of us to set aside a commemorative day for our beautiful planet, but really everyday should be Earth Day. There are so many events and ways you can get involved to spread the word.
In celebration of this great day, here are some cool things from around the web:
- NASA presents images of Earth captured by cameras aboard the International Space Station
- Google Earth Day logos through the years
- Join the WE Campaign and Repower America this Earth Day
- Today is the first Earth Day in the Obama Administration. Click here to read Van Jones’ special live blogs all day today. (Van Jones is the Special Advisor for Green Jobs for the White House Council on Environmental Quality)
How are you helping the environment this Earth Day?
Next up? Before there was Earth Day, there was Arbor Day on April 24th, which was founded in 1872 to celebrate trees.