Here is a great list of important Environmental Holidays – plan to appreciate nature every day, and especially on these SPECIAL days!
When did environmental holidays start?
Environmental holidays started appearing the 1960s. Before then, environmentalists weren’t sure how they could raise public awareness. Everything changed after a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara in 1969.
Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin, realized he needed to create a spirit of energy about the environment. He created Earth Day on April 22, as one of the first national days that brought national attention to the environment.
After that, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created, and the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts were all passed as well. Inspired by events like these, other environmental organizers started creating their own holidays to highlight and promote special causes.