Around 20 million people participate in Earth Day activities in the United States.
(Apr 22, 1970)
The Environmental advocacy group Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)was founded. The group now has over 1 million members and offices in the US & China
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was established by President Nixon to protect human health and environment
Environmental activist organization called Greenpeace founded. Today, the group campaigns against nuclear power, whaling and global warming & among other issues
The Congress passes the Clean Water Act, which limits pollutants in rivers, lakes and streams.
Congress passes the Endangered Species Act to protect animals and their ecosystems.
The U.S. Senate, during which time he advocated for numerous environmental causes, Gaylord Nelson lost his race for office. After, he became a counselor for The Wilderness Society, an environmental group.
(Jul 4, 1776)
Hundreds of millions of people in 184 countries celebrate the 30th anniversary of Earth Day, with a focus on “clean energy.”
Gaylord Nelson receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest award given to a civilian, in honor of his environmental work. 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.
Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson dies at age 89.
(Jul 3, 2005)
More than 40,000 people show up for Earth Day festivities at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, setting a single-day attendance record. Earth Day Network members host 10,000 Earth Day events around the world.
In honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day a Climate Rally and Concert was held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.