DID YOU KNOW?
Earth Day was founded by Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator, on April 22, 1970. Earth Day was originally focused on the United States but was promoted as an international event in 1990. Today, Earth Day is coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and is celebrated in more than 175 countries.
In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 International Mother Earth Day.
Senator Nelson chose April 22 as the date, in order to encourage maximum participation on college campuses around the US. The day does not fall during exams and does not conflict with spring breaks. It also rarely interferes with religious holidays such as Passover or Easter, this year being a rare exception.