EQ is proud to take part in annual Earth Day celebrations at customer locations and in our communities across the country, helping bring awareness to the environment by educating others on how we can all make a difference. In celebration of Earth Day, the following describes how this all started:
The concept behind what we now know as Earth day was originally crafted in 1969 by John McConnell. However, the holiday wasn’t actually recognized until 1970, thanks to Senator Gaylord Nelson who had a major concern for the ignorance and dismissal of the ever growing environmental issues. April 22, 1970 marked the first ever Earth Day celebration, and was chosen by Gaylord because he felt it would bring the maximum amount of college campus participation.
Earth day was first celebrated in San Francisco, New York City, Philadelphia and other cities around the US. Twenty million people celebrated this day which brings awareness and educates people on the continuous environmental issues. On the 20th anniversary, in 1990, Earth Day went global. Just 20 years after it started, Earth Day was recognized and celebrated by 200 million people across the globe.
Now, 42 years later, over one billion people participate in Earth Day celebrations across 175 different nations, making this holiday the largest secular civic event in the world.