April 22 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, which is being celebrated by more than a billion people in 180 countries.
Earth Day sprouted from 1960s-activist beginnings and pushed awareness of environmental concerns for our planet into the first observance of Earth Day in the United States on April 22, 1970. Twenty million people rallied to advocate the “Save the Earth” message. That year the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began its efforts to improve air and water quality and continues to push “green” agendas into the political arena.
Forty years later, social media is truly globalizing the Earth Day message. The Earth Day Network’s Green Generation campaign has organized more than 30 million people to spread the word through social media channels about green initiatives for a healthy planet.
Though we should consider the health of our planet every day, the observance of Earth Day provides us with an opportunity to reflect on Mother Earth and its extraordinary splendor. To spark some inspiration, look to the skies this week to watch the annual Lyrid Meteor Shower, which has peaked, appropriately, on April 22 and can be seen in the pre-dawn sky through April 25. The number of shooting stars seen in an hour could be as many as 90, but this is an estimation and unpredictable.