Earth Day is a day where we acknowledge the beauty and fragility of our planet and pledge (hopefully) to make the 3rd rock from the Sun a prosperous environment for future generations to come.
So, without further ado, we decided to put together a list of fun facts about Earth Day.
If You Ain’t First, You’re Last
The inaugural Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970.
Earth Day originated right here in the States, but became recognized worldwide by 1990.
International Mother Earth Day
In 2009, the United Nations renamed Earth Day to International Mother Earth Day—something that has yet to catch on in America.
Faster Than A Speeding Bullet
The Earth travels around the Sun at a speed of about 18 miles a second. A typical rifle bullet travels 1-2 km a sec.
H2O is Better
Most people know that the surface of the Earth is predominately covered by water. But, did you know that it’s actually about 71%? And, the Pacific Ocean alone covers over 60 million square miles—nearly 1/3 of the planet.
Gaylord, The Creator
Earth Day was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin who wanted to respond to an oil spill off Santa Barbara, California.
Celebrate Good Times
Some schools and communities celebrate Earth Day for a whole week to expand the time frame that people focus on the earth and how they can preserve it.
On Earth Day in 2012, more than 100,000 people rode bikes in China to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel.
See something we missed? Comment and let us know! And remember, plant it for the planet!