Earth Day Turns 52 This Year—Here's How to Celebrate
With Earth Day approaching, I've committed to making as many environmentally-friendly decisions as possible. Over the last few years, I've made a number of sustainable swaps: I use reusable sandwich wraps instead of plastic zip-top bags and I always take my reusable grocery bags (which I recently discovered are super easy to clean) to the store so I can skip the wasteful plastic sacks. I've even ditched the store-bought makeup wipes and switched over to reusable makeup remover pads.
And while I try to be conscious of these things year-round, Earth Day quickly approaching I wanted to find a few more meaningful ways to celebrate. As the 52nd anniversary of the holiday approaches, take some time to learn the history of the day and choose a few ways to celebrate.
When Is Earth Day?
Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 each year. This year, the holiday falls on Friday, April 22, 2022.
The History of Earth Day
In 1970 there were no government regulations in place to protect the environment, so Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson organized an event to help educate Americans on the topic. He organized a committee of scientists, environmentalists, and students called Environmental Teach-In, Inc., which held lectures, events, and rallies at colleges across the country in an attempt to get people interested in taking care of the earth. On April 22, 1970, more than 20 million Americans participated in the very first Earth Day.
The impact of these small events around the country was monumental: Because the participants raised so much awareness about the importance of protecting the environment, Congress authorized the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (a federal agency dedicated to environmental policy) just eight months later. The Earth Day movement is also credited with the creation of the National Environmental Protection Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act.
Every year since 1970, Americans have gathered to celebrate Earth Day by hosting rallies, organizing community volunteer projects, and holding educational events to teach others about the importance of the environment. This April marks the 51st anniversary of the holiday; to celebrate, consider one of these Earth Day activities.