Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. On April 22,1970, twenty million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the destruction of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife converged on shared common values.
Earth Day received bipartisan support and the Clean Water, Air, and Endangered Species act were all passed this year in addition to the establishment of the environmental protection agency, or EPA. This year as our planet is under attack by the current administration, the climate march on DC on April 29th hopes to connect organizations and regular folks to stand up for our planet–and by extension ourselves.