Back to the Beginning
The United States senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day on April 22nd, 1970. This first Earth Day is credited for launching a wave of environmental action from the Clean Air and Clean Water acts to the act for Endangered Species. Focused solely on the United States, this was then taken to an international stage by the organisation of environmental advocate Denis Hayes who initiated events in around 141 countries for Earth Day in 1990.
Since that time, Earth Day has continually raised the international awareness of environmental issues across the world and sparked responses to environmental issues. It was on Earth Day in 2016 that 174 countries and the European Union signed the Paris agreement for the Climate protection treaty.