10 Fun Facts About Earth Day
You Probably Didn't Know About
1. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970.
2. Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day while he was working as a US senator.
3. On Earth Day 2009, Disney released a documentary film called Earth that followed the migration paths of four animal families.
4. On the very first Earth Day, 20 million of people gathered in the streets of America to protest the industrial revolution. An environmental movement was born as the result of the protest.
5. Every year on April 22, men, women, and children collect garbage, plant trees, clean yup coral reefs, show movies, and plan for a better future for our planet.
6. Earth Day originated in the US but became recognized worldwide by 1990.
7. Earth Day was renamed official by the UN in 2009 as International Mother Earth Day.
8. On Earth Day 2012, more than 100,00 people rode bikes in China to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel.
9. In an Earth Day celebration in 2011, 28 million trees were planted in Afghanistan by the Earth Day Network.
10. In Panama, 100 endangered species of orchids were planted and maintained to prevents their extinction in honor of Earth Day.