Celebrate Earth Day!
By Laura L. Barnes, Librarian
Illinois Waste Management & Research Center Library
The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, the same year that President Richard
Nixon signed the legislation that created the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Its
founder, Senator Gaylord Nelson, envisioned it as a grassroots celebration that would
raise awareness of environmental issues. In celebration of the 35th anniversary of this
historic event, visit the following sites to learn more about it and get ideas for making
Earth Day every day.
All About Earth Day
The origins of Earth Day as told by Senator Gaylord Nelson
EPA’s Environmental Progress
A nice timeline of the significant progress made during the agency’s life. See also The
Guardian: Origins of EPA at http://www.epa.gov/history/publications/origins.htm. Other
publications about EPA’s history are available at
Earth Day Network
Founded by the organizers of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network (EDN)
promotes environmental citizenship and year round progressive action worldwide. The
site includes a searchable database of Earth Day events for both the U.S. and other
countries. There are also links to downloadable materials for Earth Day 2005, including
an Earth Day Organizer's Guide.
Earth Day U.S. Government Portal
The portal for U.S. government Earth Day events and information. Site includes links to
Earth Day events via the Earth Day Network, links to government web sites, and tips for
taking action at home, at work, and in the classroom. It also includes a link to U.S. EPA's
history of Earth Day.
Earth Day Canada
This site offers a Canadian perspective, including events and educational materials.