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Celebrating Earth Day and A Billion Acts of Green
The SISGI Group (2011)
  • Ufuoma Barbara Akpotaire, Columbia University
Abstract

Today, April 22nd, is celebrated as Earth Day. The idea is to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment and was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. The idea for Earth Day is credited to Gaylord Nelson, a former U.S. Senator, after he witnessed some of the side effects of the 1969 massive oil spill in California.

The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and in 2009, the United Nations joined in the celebration by designating April 22, “International Mother Earth Day.” I recently came across a video of the first Earth Day which I thought was interesting to share because it captured how the movement for the protection of the environment all got started.

Keywords
  • changemakers,
  • Community Change,
  • Earth Day,
  • Education,
  • environment,
  • Global Issues
Publication Date
Spring April 22, 2011
Citation Information
Ufuoma Barbara Akpotaire. "Celebrating Earth Day and A Billion Acts of Green" The SISGI Group (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ufuoma_barbara_akpotaire/20/