The History of Earth Day

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Did you know that the first Earth Day celebration took place on April 22, 1970? Spearheaded by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin and activist Denis Hayes, it became a nationwide movement that inspired Americans to focus on the importance of a healthy environment. Millions of people across the country participated in the original Earth Day festivities more than 50 years ago. A growing interest in environmental action led to the U.S. government creating the Environmental Protection Agency and passing sweeping laws like the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act.

Today, communities, governments, and businesses worldwide come together annually to celebrate Earth Day using the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.This framework promotes economic development and social prosperity while protecting the planet. Everyone can do their part to protect air quality and mitigate the impacts of climate change by making clean energy choices, enjoying outdoor activities, and preserving the environment for current and future generations.

While Earth Day only comes once a year, we can all do our part every day to make a difference and work together to enhance our quality of life!

Visit Orange County Government for more information about environmental programs in Orange County.

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