What is Earth Day?

Did you know April 22 is observed in America and around the world every year as Earth Day? If you did know this, are you familiar with the history and focus of this important and global day? “What is Earth Day?” is a common question we hear at Brannon Industrial Group, and we are here to answer your questions about this global movement to bring awareness and protect the Earth’s natural resources for generations to come. At Brannon Industrial Group, we are BIG on environmental sustainability, and we work hard throughout our four divisions (BVR Waste and Recycling, Premier Metal Buyers, Stop and Go Potties, and Brand It Graphix) to provide the most innovative waste and recycling solutions and highest standards of sustainability. We are all about making the most positive impact on the environment to create safe communities for residents and local businesses. The theme for Earth Day 2022 is “Invest in Our Planet”, and there are numerous ways you can take action. Read on to learn why we and billions around the world are passionate about Earth Day and the impact this day and movement has made on our world.

Earth Day began and was officially recognized in America on April 22, 1970. It is what sparked the beginning of the modern environmental movement. The day has since grown globally and is celebrated every year on April 22 in the United States and on either April 22 or the first day of Spring in other parts of the world. Earth Day is set apart to honor the achievements of the environmental movement over the years and continue to raise awareness. Air pollution had become normal to Americans prior to 1970, with the majority of Americans living in ignorance to the negative impact to human health of pollution and consuming large amounts of leaded gas through inefficient automobiles. Activism, public awareness, and environmental education were seen in pockets throughout the nation during the 1960’s. However, it was not until Gaylord Nelson, a Senator from Wisconsin, organized the first Earth Day, which led to giving the growing environmental concern a national voice and mainstream presence among the American people. 

With a growing concern for the environment he witnessed in the United States, Nelson gathered Pete McCloskey, a congressman with a mutual passion for conservation, and Denis Hayes, an activist and graduate student at Harvard University, to organize the first Earth Day in 1970 and educate and mobilize college students on campuses about air and water pollution. Seeing the potential for a nationwide impact, Hayes built a national staff to promote Earth Day events across the United States. Organizations, faith groups, and communities from all different backgrounds, political parties, and stages of life caught the vision. This soon grabbed the attention of national media, and 20 million Americans took action to bring awareness to the negative impact of the industrial development up until that point on human and environmental health. By the end of 1970, the first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and environmental laws such as the National Environmental Education Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Clean Air Act, and numerous others in the coming years. 

Earth Day went global in 1990 when Denis Hayes was approached by a group of environmental leaders to organize another campaign to reach the planet with the same environmental message and education. 200 million people in 141 countries were mobilized, leading to major recycling efforts and activism worldwide. Environmental groups, national leaders, activists, and communities have since engaged in global and local conversations, meetings, and summits to discuss sustainability and a healthy and safe Earth for future generations. 

Today, Earth Day has grown to over a billion people celebrating and taking action each year to educate and create sustainable policies locally, nationally, and globally. The Earth Day Network (EDN) is represented by 20,000 partners and organizations in 190 countries. This network supports the Earth Day mission year-round through addressing their core issues of advocacy, climate change, conservation and biology, education, energy, food and agriculture, green economy, green schools, recycling and waste reduction, and sustainable development. 

At Brannon Industrial Group, we are committed to doing our part in this global Earth Day movement and story by maintaining the highest environmental standards and making a BIG impact in the communities we serve through our waste and recycling solutions.

Learn more about Earth Day at www.earthday.org