Earth Day

Earth Day

April 22, 2019

As you may or may not know, today (April 22nd) is Earth Day! If you've been living under a rock, Earth Day is easily the most well known environmental holiday in the world. The leaders of Earth Day aim to resolve problems related to climate change, end plastic pollution, and protect endangered species (Source: Earth Day Website)

Earth Day Flags

Earth Day was created in 1970 by John McConnell, who also made some of the more famous flag designs for the holiday. The image on the top was the first proposed Earth Day flag design, while the image on the bottom is the latest proposed flag design.

 

first Earth Day flag

 

most recent Earth Day flag

 

History of Earth Day

During the 70's, very few corporations or individuals cared about their carbon output. Then, in 1962 the book Silent Spring was published. Thankfully, that was the beginning of more environmental awareness and concern. For the most part, Earth Day helped achieve bipartisan consensus in a way few issues had. But today, there is a strong sense of urgency when it comes to damage done by climate change. The deadline - 2035 - is fast approaching. What will you do to help?

 

SOURCES & FURTHER READING

Earth Day | History

EarthDay.org

Wikipedia | Flag of Earth