Earth Day Is Thursday April 22nd "Restore Our Earth"
Updated: Apr 23, 2021
Earth Day history by Kirk Gaw How did Earth Day start? Environmental activists called for Earth Day in response to a massive oil spill in the waters near Santa Barbara, California, in 1969.
1970: The first Earth Day mobilizes 20 million Americans to call for increased protections for our planet. 1990: Earth Day goes global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries.
2000: Earth Day leverages the power of digital media to build millions of local conversations across more than 180 countries.
2010: Earth Day Network launches A Billion Acts of Green and The Canopy Project. Earth Day 2010 engages 75,000 global partners in 192 countries.
2020: Earth Day 2020 marked 50 years with global activations.
Photo from Walkerton Elementary School showing kids celebrating Earth Day back during April of 2016.
Getting to work
Average one-way commute to work in the United States in 2019: 28 minutes.
States with the longest average one-way commutes to work: New York (34 minutes) and Maryland (34 minutes).
States with some of the shortest average one-way commutes to work: North Dakota (18 minutes) and South Dakota (18 minutes).
How people commute
Less than 1% (805,722) of people in the United States rode a bike to work in 2019.
Almost 3% (4,153,050) of people in the United States walked to work in 2019.
Across the 122,802,852 occupied housing units in the United States in 2019, it is estimated that...
Almost half (59 million) were heated by utility gas.
Less than 2% (2 million) were heated by wood.
Less than 1 percent (248,893) were heated by solar energy.
A footprint on legislation
The first Earth Day in 1970 inspired the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. Today, about 1 billion people take part in Earth Day-related activities.
How US businesses are going green
279: Businesses that use wind electric power generation 1,107: Businesses that use hydroelectric power generation 63: Businesses that use geothermal electric power generation 191: Businesses that use biomass electric power generation 106: Businesses that use solar electric power generation industry 1,234: Businesses that use electric power transmission $9.8 billion: Total revenue for electric power generation industries that use renewable energy 17: The percent of U.S. renewable electric power generation in 2018 611,000: The number of employees who work in zero-emission technology industries Trash picks up
Today’s average American generates about 4.5 pounds of trash per day, compared to 2.68 pounds in 1960.
In 2018, 292.4 million tons of waste were generated in the U.S. About 69 million tons were recycled and 25 million tons were composted.
Sources: US Census Bureau, EarthDay.org, Environmental Protection Agency, Tribune News Service