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  • The first Earth Day was held April 22, 1970
  • A major impetus for creating Earth Day was the devastating oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara, Jan. 28, 1969
  • U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin led the movement to create Earth Day, which drew some 20 million Americans to gather on April 22, 1970
  • There was no Environmental Protection Agency at the time, it began operating in December 1970
  • The United Nations formally recognized Earth Day in February 1971
  • Some 200 countries now celebrate Earth Day on April 22 or the vernal equinox
  • The theme of Earth Day 2022 is "Invest in Our Planet"
  • Earth Day events are available at


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