Earth Day History

The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970. “We only have one earth, so we need to take care of it,” that's what Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin believed. He was concerned that an issue as important as our environment was not addressed by government or the media at the time, so he created the first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970 to raise awareness of environmental protection. It is no longer a celebration just in the United States. Today, it is a worldwide event, celebrated by hundreds of millions of people in 193 countries. Earth Day activities encourage individuals to make small changes in their behavior to help save the environment and encourage environmental protection. Tell us how you are celebrating Earth Day this year! Iowa Be Bright will share stories and photos of how people throughout the state celebrated.

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Share how you are making strives to save energy:

Tell family and friends. We’re asking you to help spread the word that energy efficiency is good for your home and the environment.