April 22nd is Earth Day, the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

According to earthday.org, the idea for Earth Day came from founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.

“Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda,” earthday.org states.

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies and the rest is history.

Today, the fight for a clean environment continues. 

How can you help?

One way to protect the environment is by reducing your carbon footprint.

Put simply your carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gases—primarily carbon dioxide—released into the atmosphere by particular human activity.

These emissions come from transportation to diet and impact the climate.

Check out this carbon footprint calculator by conservation.org to see what your carbon footprint is.

For more on what you can do to neutralize your emissions and make a difference click here.

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Here’s a list of events to celebrate Earth Day 2019