TUESDAY, APRIL 22ND, 2008
NEW YORK, NY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 1970
The First Earth Day
On April 22 of each year, millions of people celebrate Earth Day, regarded by many to mark the birth of the modern environmental movement. Gaylord Nelson, a Democratic Senator from Wisconsin was the principal founder of the first Earth Day. Senator Nelson hired a young environmental activist, Denis Hayes, as the coordinator for the first Earth Day event. More than 20 million American participated in the first Earth Day, now celebrated in countries around the world.
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