The History of Earth Day and the Rise of the Modern Environmental Movement

April 22, 2022
A look at how a plan for a teach-in on college campuses sparked a global effort to protect Mother Nature.

Earth Day is a global event, but it wasn’t always that way. View the slideshow to learn the history of the grassroots effort that has led to the founding of governmental agencies, banning of harmful chemicals and the worldwide effort to protect the planet. Much progress has been made in the past 52 years, but there is still much to be done. After all, there is no Planet B.

This year’s theme is Invest in Our Planet and features five primary programs: The Great Global Cleanup, Sustainable Fashion, Climate and Environmental Literacy, Canopy Project, Food and Environment, and the Global Earth Challenge. You can read more about these initiatives at

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