Thursday, April 22

EARTH DAY 2010 - Official Date, April 22, 2010

Earth Day 2010 can be a turning point to advance climate policy, energy efficiency, renewable energy and green jobs. Earth Day Network is galvanizing millions who make personal commitments to sustainability. Earth Day 2010 is a pivotal opportunity for individuals, corporations and governments to join together and create a global green economy. Join the more than one billion people in 190 countries that are taking action for Earth Day.

Forty (40) years after the first Earth Day, the world is in greater peril than ever. While climate change is the greatest challenge of our time, it also presents the greatest opportunity – an unprecedented opportunity to build a healthy, prosperous, clean energy economy now and for the future.

Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day’s founder was a Democrat Governor of Wisconsin as well as a US Senator for the state. He died in 2005 aged 89.

He founded Earth Day as an environmental demonstration - similar to those about the Vietnam War – that was designed to be a “teach-in” on conservation issues.

The first Earth Day was held on April 22 1970 and more than 20 million American demonstrated including from students from 2,000 universities. It came after the idea was first floated in a speech by Nelson in September 1969.

This year organisers hope about 1.5 billion people will undertake more than 31 billion “acts of green” organised by 19,000 organisations in 190 countries.
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