Earth day is a celebration born more than 40 years ago to protect our planet. The origin of Earth dates back 4.54 billion years. Our 3rd rock from the sun is located some 92 million miles away from the sun and covers more than 196 million square miles.
The environmental movement, anchored on the 22nd day of April, now known as Earth Day, got it's start back in 1970. The notion of bringing Americans together to better care for our natural resources is attributed to a former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson.
Since that day, back in 1970, millions of Americans have joined in to help clean our waterways and improve our air quality, to fight against toxic dumps, the use of pesticides and much more.
Over the past two decades, concerns over a warming planet have grabbed headlines and furthered the cause for mankind to be a better custodian of Mother Earth.
The organization known as Earth Day Network continues to be an active environmental lobby.
You can read more about Earth Day and how people continue to get involved to protect our planet at: www.earthday.org/earth-day-history-movement
KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill