Even though we are living on the Earth every day, Earth Day only comes around once a year every April 22nd. Earth Day began in the United States as a demonstration for clean air and clean water led by Senator Gaylord Nelson. The day of April 22nd was chosen specifically to be able to connect with, teach, and rally students to the environmental cause. The momentum of the first Earth Day helped to establish the Environmental Protection Agency and also encouraged Congress to pass the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
Earth Day has a legacy that has spread internationally. In 1990 Earth Day activities extended to 141 countries. The Earth Day Network plays a role in organizing groups for Earth Day internationally in the 21st century. To get a quick look at some of the issues, check out these TED talks relevant for Earth Day.
Interested in doing something special for Earth Day this year? There are many ways to celebrate and care for the earth whether on the local, state, or national level. The Earth Day Network has information on Earth Day activism across the globe. Indiana hosts Earth Day celebrations. And, even closer to home, plant a tree in Bloomington.
The Government information department of the Wells Library can provide resources such as the Happy Earth Day Activities Book, an evaluation of the EPA, EnviroMapper, and more. Find more information at Government Information on the 2nd floor of the East Tower of the Wells Library and feel free to ask your friendly librarians.
Posted by Amanda Homce, Government Information, Maps, and Microform Services spring 2018 Intern