Hooray, It’s Earth Day!

Intelligent Water Management likes to think of every day as Earth Day, but welcomes the opportunity to celebrate it each year with the rest of the world. We thought it would be fun to learn more about the day itself with the following Earth Day tidbits:

  1. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 due to the activism of Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-Wis.), who was passionate about protecting the environment and environmental issues. In recognition of his hard work, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award.
  2. More than 192 countries around the world celebrate Earth Day.
  3. The first Earth Day celebration in the U.S. resulted in 20 million Americans participating in peaceful demonstrations to show their support for environmental reform.
  4. To save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions, over 100,000 people in China rode their bikes on Earth Day 2012.
  5. More than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it one of the largest movements on earth.
  6. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
  7. 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In honor of this milestone, Earth Day Network is focused on planting 7.8 billion trees before the anniversary.
  8. For inspiration on actions you can take to take better care of Mother Earth, check out this site ( http://www.earthday.org/take-action/ ) where you can get tips on reducing your footprint, ending junk mail and tracking your online energy use.
  9. Marking Earth Day 2016 in an historic way, at least 155 countries are expected to sign the Paris Agreement, and even North Korea is expected to join the party.
  10. 208 weeks and 4 days until Earth Day 2020.