Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Earth Day, celebrated on the 22nd of April was founded by US politician Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in the late 1960s. The first Earth Day was held in the spring of 1970 and it is considered to be the birth of the modern environmental movement of the 1970’s. Over 20 million people participated in the first Earth Day and it is now observed each year on April 22 by more than 500 million people and national governments in 175 countries. Some cities have extended Earth Day into Earth Week which typically runs from April 16th to April 22nd. Earth Day is an opportunity for millions of people around the world to focus their attention on global warming and ask their government to undertake significant actions in respect of climate change.