On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day celebration was observed. Launched by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin (D), and Pete McCloskey, a U.S. Congressman from California (R), it has been called the largest demonstration in human history.
* 20 million people across the US participated.
* Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment.
* Legislatures from 42 states passed Earth Day resolutions to commemorate the date.
* Congress closed its doors as politicians went home to participate in local events.
* Democrats & Republicans, rich and poor, factory workers and farmers, business leaders and labor leaders united on a common cause.
* Launching the contemporary environmental movement, it led to the creation of the US Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
* In 1990, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage.
As we approach Earth Day 2017, all too keenly aware of what divides us, we would do well to be reminded of that common cause – caring for each other and this one, wondrous, blue-green planet of ours!
We hope you’ll join us in creating a Climate for Action.
Get ready for Faith Climate Action Week, being celebrated from April 14- 22, part of the international Earth Day celebrations in 2018! This year join with thousands of faith communities around the country to spread the word about climate change and take action on the most pressing moral issue of our time.Please click HERE to order your printed 2018 Faith Climate Action Week kit.
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