Celebrate Earth Day with Vois! A Movement that is 50 years strong today!
Earth Day is...
Providing our planet with a voice
Wednesday April 22nd 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most important environmental movements this planet has ever seen.
Why do we need an Earth Day?
First celebrated in 1970 earth day has given our planet a voice and raised awareness for many environmental issues for the last 50 years. In the decades previous the world was in sad shape. Since the "2nd Industrial Revolution", around the late 1800's into the early 1900's, the use of electricity and petroleum products started to skyrocket. Cars became the go to form of transportation and the jump in use of fossil fuels such as gasoline and diesel started to have a visible effect on the quality of our air and water.
It went on like this, growing and growing, until about the 1960's when people started to realize the effect that this was having on the environment around them. The general public was starting to notice a correlation between the pollution in the environment around them and the degrading health of the public in those places. One of the other major tipping points was the massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. At the time this was the largest oil spill to ever occur although we have manged to top its size twice in the last 31 years. This large oil spill made the public realize the devastating effect that their consumption could have on the environment around them and how damaging our actions could be.
Using their voices and gaining the support of other like minded people in the community a handful of activists lead by Senator Gaylord Nelson, a junior senator from Wisconsin; Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman; and Denis Hayes, a young activist; created a teach-in to share their thoughts on air and water pollution issues. In doing so they realized the issue was bigger than just one school and it needed to be shared in a way that would inspire every American across the country. They named the event Earth Day and around 20 million Americans took to the streets to rally and protest against the impacts of industrial development and a growing number of serious human health impacts. An environmental movement was created and lives on to this day.
How does Earth Day help?
Since the very first Earth Day our voices have been heard and we have pushed for legislation against oil spills, polluting factories, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides and the loss of wildlife and wilderness. The voice of the environmental movement has helped to pass legislation and create protective groups like the Environmental Protection Agency, National Environmental Education Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. These laws have protected millions of Americans from disease and death and have protected many species from extinction.
In 1990 Earth Day went global! 200 million people in over 141 countries united their voices world wide to bring awareness to environmental issues in their communities. In the 2000s we saw a push to create awareness of climate change and global warming, a fight that we still struggle with today. We celebrate every year, for the last 50 years, to set aside a moment and bring our entire community together. When others see us all using our voices together on the same day it makes them take notice and makes people more aware of the issues we are pointing out. We celebrate to stand up for the rights of people to have clean air, water, and land across the world and in our own communities.
Ready to Celebrate?
Celebrate with Vois!
- Do some research on your own or sign up for our newsletter to learn about a new environmental cause you didn't know much about.
- Read our blog post about how our partner CORAL helps to save coral reefs around the world.
- Share our custom Earth Day image to your Instagram page or story and bring awareness of Earth Day to all your friends.
- Share your voice with a comment on our post or Instagram about what causes are important to you. We love to hear your voice.
- Make a goal to do something mindful for the environment this year. For example try to reduce your waste, save energy and water, or switch to sustainable fashion. Share that goal with us!