Tuesday, April 14, 2015

5 Cool Earth Day Facts and Trivia

Get Into the Swing of the Global Environment

Earth Day Trivia The adage is that every day is Earth Day, but on April 22 each year the population of the entire planet spends the day reflecting on their attachment to the planet and doing things that make an impact. Gatherings are held, symposiums are scheduled, and for just a short 24-hour period, folks stop for a minute and reflect on their environmental impact.

In honor of this year's reflections and community actions, here is a list of little-known trivia and facts about the day that we all can mull over while planting a tree or picking up trash by the side of the road.

Communist Conspiracy
Right-wing activists have attempted to discredit the observance by spreading a rumor that the observed date of April 22 was chosen because it was Vladimir Lenin's birthday. Conservative pundits against the environmental movement state that organizers and participants share the communist goal of destroying private property.

Flower Power
The idea for Earth Day actually originated from the U.S. Congress, with a senator from Wisconsin named Gaylord Nelson. He was inspired by the peaceful anti-war demonstrations of the '60s on college campuses, and believed a similar tactic could be used to teach others about the environment. Nelson would receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role in the founding of Earth Day.

Two Times the Awareness
There are two events observing Earth Day in the U.S. The most prominent is the one held on April 22, but a lesser-known celebration is held on March 21, which is aptly named Spring Equinox Earth Day. Originated in San Francisco by conversationalist John McConnell, the date is meant to represent balance and equilibrium.

A World Observation
Though the U.S. started observing Earth Day in 1970, it wasn't until 2009 that International Mother Earth Day was designated by the United Nations. To keep everything logical, April 22 was the date chosen for the world to observe as one community.

Everyone Doing Their Part
To date, over 94 million people have registered and pledged various 'Acts of Green' through the Earth Day Network online with plans to work to make a better world for everyone.