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What is Earth Day?

Earth Day began in the US in 1970 as a day to celebrate the planet and encourage people to be more environmentally friendly. It is now an annual event and is widely regarded as the beginning of the modern environmental movement.

Activities associated with the day often include planting trees, raising awareness about recycling, volunteering for green projects, and reducing the amount of energy people consume.

Here are 5 things you didn’t know about Earth Day:

  1. One billion people across the world now get involved with Earth Day each year marking it the largest civic observance in the world.
  2. The celebration has is own flag that features a picture of the Earth taken from the Apollo 17 spacecraft on its way to the Moon.
  3. 20 million people participated in the first ever Earth Day in 1970.
  4. No one knows where the name or date for the day came from as the organizers can’t remember.
  5. In 2008 Disney launched Disneynature, a channel dedicated to environmental documentaries, in celebration of Earth Day.

How will you celebrate Earth Day?  Post your activities and pictures on our Southern Oaks Facebook page.