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History Of Earth Day
In 1969,at a conference,US Senator Gaylord Nelson announces there would be a nationwide grassroot demonstration on the environment.This was a time of great concern about over population when there was a strong movement towards zero population growth.Nelson viewed the stabilization of the US population as an important aspect of environmentalism and first proposed the nation wide environmental protest to thrust the environment on the national agenda.
In 1970 on April 22 Earth Day marks the beginning of the modern environmental movement.Around 20 million Americans participated with a goal of a healthy,sustainable environment.Thousands of college and universities organize protests against environmental deterioration.Groups fighting against oil spills,polluting factories and raw sewage realized that they share common values.
In 1990More than 200 million people were mobilized worldwide across 141 countries and environmental issues were brought to the centre stage,the Earth Day held that year gave a huge boost to recycling efforts across the world.They paved the way for a United Nations Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro,Brazil two years later.
In 1992 A United Nations Earth Summit was held in Rio de Janeiro ,Brazil.
In 2000 Earth Day had the internet to help link activists around the world.By April 22,5000 environmental groups around the world were on board reaching out to hundreds of millions of people in a record 184 countries.
In 2007 the Earth Day celebration was largest with an estimated billion people participating.