The very first Earth Day was celebrated in the United States in 1970. Creator Denis Hayes, an environmental advocate and large proponent of Solar Power became more prominent in the 1970s when he coordinated the 1st Earth Day in the world! Hayes was born in Wisconsin in 1944, raised primarily in a small town and loved nature. He combined his love of nature with knowledge of the environment and how to protect it through his fathers work at a mill. The paper mill that Hayes father worked at along the Columbia River had large impact on people and the environment, educating Hayes and arousing his passion to protect the environment.
After college, Hayes was personally selected by Senator Gaylord Nelson to coordinate the very first Earth Day in the U.S., which occurred on April 22nd, 1970. It is recorded that the first Earth Day had over 20 million followers, including participants from colleges, universities, elementary schools, and many communities.
After the success of the first Earth Day, Hayes created the Earth Day Network which now assists countries all over the world in Earth Day activities and celebrations. Hayes became the Chair of the Earth Day 2010 Global Advisory Committee.
In 2017, Earth Day is celebrated all over the Earth and the Earth Day Network has created a downloadable toolkit. The kit gives you the ability to create change and organinze your own Earth day events! http://www.earthday.org/wp-content/uploads/Earth-Day-Action-Toolkit-2017.pdf
Denis Hayes coordinated the first celebration of our Earth and inspired so many, today, it's our turn to inspire others! Download your kit today and love our Earth!
HAPPY EARTH DAY!