The first Earth Day was on April 22 in 1970. That day got 20 million Americans thinking about doing something to help the Earth and launched the modern environmental movement.
The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed.
Growing out of the first Earth Day, the Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
Climate change can seem like a remote problem for our leaders, but the fact is that it's already impacting real people, animals, and beloved places. These Faces of Climate Change are multiplying every day. Fortunately, other Faces of Climate Change are multiplying too: those stepping up to do something about it. Help us personalize the massive challenge climate change presents by taking a photo and telling your story. How has climate change impacted you? What are you doing to be part of the solution?