Congress passes the Endangered Species Act to protect animals and their ecosystems.
Congress passes the Clean Water Act, which limits pollutants in rivers, lakes and streams.
Environmental activist organization Greenpeace founded. Today, the group, which has campaigned against nuclear power, whaling and global warming, among other issues, has offices in 40 countries around the world.
Gaylord Nelson receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom. President Bill Clinton says of Nelson: “As the father of Earth Day, he is the grandfather of all that grew out of that event.”
The 20th anniversary Earth Day celebrations go global, with participants in over 140 countries.
After 18 years in the U.S. Senate, during which time he advocated for numerous environmental causes, Gaylord Nelson loses his race for a fourth-term in office.
Hundreds of millions of people in 184 countries celebrate the 30th anniversary of Earth Day, with a focus on “clean energy.”
Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson dies at age of 89.
Capacity crowds attend Green Apple Festival Earth Day events in New York City, San Francisco and Chicago. More than 40,000 people show up for Earth Day festivities at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, setting a single-day attendance record.
All U.S. states should have scientifically cleaning cleaning burning engines and efficient industrial machinery.
All U.S.States should have higher air quality standards.
In honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day a Climate Rally and Concert was held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
There should be rules that reduce emissions for existing power plants.
There should be grants to improve air quality and most agricultural burn-offs decrease.
Environmental advocacy group Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) founded. Today, the group has over 1 million members, a staff of over 300 scientists, lawyers and other specialists
Have an Eco friendly march in New York City to celebrate becoming a more electric country.
A concert for the 70th anniversary of Earth Day. This will be held in Los Angeles California.