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Earth Day Earth Day is April 22 Earth Day is most often observed by the media hundreds of local groups and noted on calendars on April 22 Many people also observe Earth Week and Earth Month Since most events and festivals need to take place on a weekend Earth Day is observed on the weekends before and after April 22 Others also observe it on March 21 the Vernal Equinox or on World Environment Day June 6 Remember that really every day is an Earth Day - we just need to live our lives that way History of Earth Day For years prior to Earth Day it had been troubling to me that the critical matter of the state of our environment was simply a non-issue in the politics of our country The President the Congress the economic power structure of the nation and the press paid almost no attention to this issue which is of such staggering import to our future It was clear that until we somehow got this matter into the political arena until it became a part of the national political dialogue not much would ever be achieved The puzzling challenge was to think up some dramatic event that would focus national attention on the environment Finally in 1963 an idea occurred to me that was I thought a virtual cinch to get the environment into the political limelight once and for all That idea was to persuade President Kennedy to give national visibility to this issue by going on a nationwide conservation tour spelling out in dramatic language the serious and deteriorating condition of our environment and proposing a comprehensive agenda to begin addressing the problem No President had ever made such a tour and I was satisfied this would finally force the issue onto the nations political agenda The President like the idea and began his conservation tour in the
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