Celebrating 50 Years of Earth Day!
50 Years ago, US Senator Gaylord Nelson hatched the idea for Earth Day after seeing the ecological catastrophe caused by the Santa Barbara oil spill, which killed more than 3,500 birds off the Californian coast.
The first-ever Earth Day was marked by 22 million Americans who marched to protest against the destruction of the environment. This led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passing of a raft of environmental legislation.
In the years since, Earth Day has spread worldwide and is now celebrated in more than 190 countries.
Today serves as a reminder to treat everyday like it’s Earth Day by protecting the environment, restoring damaged ecosystems and living a more sustainable life!