Celebrate Keep America Beautiful Month!
Every year on April 22nd, we celebrate the anniversary of the modern environmental movement which began in 1970. This year marks 50 years of Earth Day! To celebrate this milestone, we wanted to share the history of Earth Day with you!
Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller, Silent Spring, set the stage for change in 1962 by raising awareness on the affects of pollution on living organisms and public health. Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator, founded the idea for a national day focused on the environment after witnessing the devastating impacts of a California oil spill in 1969. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans came together to protest the deterioration of the environment and fight for change. By the end of 1970, the first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air Act. A few years later, Congress passed the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act. Earth day went global in 1990 with the participation of 200 million people in 141 countries and boosted recycling efforts worldwide. Today, Earth Day is widely recognized as the largest secular observance in the world.
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Join our efforts as we strive to prevent litter, reduce waste, and beautify communities across Pinellas County. Follow Keep Pinellas Beautiful on social media to learn what you can do to celebrate Keep America Beautiful Month and help us make every day Earth Day!