Here at the library, we want to mark the occasion of a very important day for ourselves and the planet: Earth Day!
The first Earth Day event happened because Gaylord Nelson, who was an ardent conservationist and a junior Senator from Wisconsin, became motivated to act after a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. He recruited Denis Hayes to hold “teach-ins” at universities, colleges, and public spaces such as parks. The first Earth Day was held across the United States on April 22nd, 1970, as that was the day where the most students would be able to participate. Over 20 million Americans participated in that very first Earth Day! Starting in 1990, Earth Day events began to be held all worldwide, and now it is celebrated by over 141 countries around the globe.
Today, and every day, we need to bring awareness to our actions to help protect the little blue marble on which we live. Here are some reads that you and your family can share about Earth Day and how we can all help protect and conserve our planet.