Globe in Forest: The History of Earth Day Began with One Man

The History of EARTH DAY: Honoring the Health of Our Planet, Our Environment & Sustainability

Since it was founded in 1970, one day a year has been set aside to honor the Earth and all it stands for. It was first observed on March 21, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. Earth Day is now celebrated on April 22, heralding what has naturally extended into Earth Week.

Which is a good start to what should be celebrated every day.

How Earth Day Began with One Man

After all, Earth is the reason why we are all here and it is incumbent upon us to help protect our amazing planet.  Back in 1969, a United States Senator from Wisconsin stood up to raise awareness about the environmental issues that threatened our world, among them pollution and deforestation. He organized rallies, and by 1990, Earth Day was acknowledged by 140 countries around the globe. Today, 192 countries observe Earth Day, bringing hundreds of millions of people together into the environmental movement, started by one man, alone.

What has been accomplished in the last 50 years in terms of raising public awareness and concern for the health of our planet has impacted our own health as well, giving rise to mandates and movements that are cleaning up our waterways, the air we breathe, the energy we use to power up our lives, and addressing the climate concerns that are hanging perilously over our heads.

The Evolution of Earth Day

Since 1970, we’ve seen a greening of cities all over the world through conscious efforts to reduce waste, recycle materials and reuse items we don’t need to throw away. Sustainability has become a big buzz word for us as we strive to conserve natural resources and make our world thrive again.

As a global community, we’ve learned about wildlife conservation too and the efforts underway to save our oceans from trash, pollutants and greenhouse gases. We’ve been made aware of composting and recycling to reduce waste, the need to reduce our dependence on single-use plastics and the drive to reduce carbon dioxide emissions at the planet’s surface. We’ve been informed about the importance of wastewater management because of the contaminants increasingly found in the world’s drinking water. We've read staggering statistics about global food waste as well, a major contributor to the three planetary crises of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste.

And so much more, all because of one man’s wise warning all those years ago. Before Senator Nelson forced the issue of environmental safety on the national agenda, factories could spew black clouds of toxic smoke into the air or dump tons of toxic waste into a nearby stream, and that was perfectly legal. There were no legal or regulatory mechanisms to protect our environment, and no public awareness on the topic that stirs passions today.

Back then, the Senator organized rallies, raised questions and roused crowds, infusing the energy of the student anti-war protests of that time into his efforts to rattle public consciousness and educate about air and water pollution. Earth Day events soon began to mobilize people on behalf of a cleaner, healthier environment, putting our Earth center stage in terms of world health.

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Every Day Can Be Earth Day

How we live directly correlates to the planet we live on so we have taken the following steps to ensure the shared health of our Earth and our environment. At TRU47, we hope you will join us in a mission to make every day an opportunity to celebrate Earth Day.

We think of Earth as nature’s treatment table, taking care to seek out natural alternatives for our well-being while taking care of the environment.

  • We put the power of Earth’s noble and first known natural antimicrobial element, Silver, in our products to provide all-natural protection.
  • We use products that are organically sourced and chemical-free.
  • We rely on sustainable, nature-made resources and ingredients.

And we stand behind our commitment to honor the Earth every day in every way we can.