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Did You Know – Today is Earth Day April 22, 2008

Filed under: Did You Know — Flickerchic @ 8:03 pm

(The first Earth flag designed for the first Earth Day by John McConnell.)

Today is Earth Day, that is here in the northern hemisphere. (Earth Day is celebrated during Autumn in the southern hemisphere.)

A little history about Earth Day
* Earth Day was started by John McConnell in 1969. Global observance was started by Gaylord Nelson in 1970.
* Earth Day was started in an effort to inspire awareness of and appreciate the Earth’s envrionment.
* April 22 is the official Earth Day observance across the United States.
* Day on April 22 in 1990 gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide.
* Many cities extend the Earth Day celebration to be an entire week, usually starting on April 16, and ending on Earth Day, April 22nd.

(The Ecology Flag. According to Flags of the World, the Ecology Flag was created by cartoonist Ron Cobb, and was published for the first time in October 25, 1969. The flag was patterned after the flag of the United States, and had thirteen stripes alternating green and white. Its canton was green with a yellow Theta. It originally had a symbol that was a combination of the letters “E” and “O” taken from the words “Environment” and “Organism”, respectively. Later flags used either a Theta because of its historic use as a warning symbol, or the Peace Symbol. Theta would later become associated with Earth Day.