The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 and was started by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. (Read the whole history here!) On that day, in the height of social activism, 20 million Americans took to the streets to shed some light on growing environmental concerns.
This is the first in a series of Earth Day-inspired posts here at the Growing Tree Toys blog that we will feature in April. Watch for features about gardening and special outdoor toys, as well as unique Earth Day-themed activities you can take part in with your kids (all-year round!) We will also be launching a newer, “greener” aspect to our website – stay tuned.
Not only does 2010 mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, but the overall “green” movement and social networking as a whole are sure to make this year’s edition stronger than ever! Here is a very small sample of Earth Day happenings:
- PlanetPals celebrates Earth Day every day and has tons of fun and interesting information for kids. Check out their fun Facebook feed!
- Wendy Chavez of the Environmental Protection Agency tweets at @EPAgov, and is posting a tip each day! Recent suggestion: use reusable cloth bags and containers for lunches.
- A neat section of Earth911.com is counting down 40 tips for, of course, the 40th Earth Day.
- To quote, “GreenMyParents is a movement that activates & enlists kids to lead their families in measuring & reducing environmental impact at home & “challenge” their parents to share savings with kids.” Watch for their new book on Earth Day!
- On Twitter, search the hashtag #EarthDay anytime to see Earth Day-related tweets instantly!
The Earth Day 25th anniversary logo is courtesy of nelsonearthday.net.