The idea of Earth Day developed over seven years starting in 1962 by Senator Gaylord Nelson, who persuaded President Robert Kennedy to organize a national environmental conservation tour, which started in September 1963. In spite of presidential support, this tour didn’t achieve the expected success for many reasons.

Instead of ordinary people, politicians were not concerned and the idea of environmental protection was not adopted on the American political agenda. But it was the begging of a nationwide grassroots environmental demonstration that was announced in spring, 1970. Earth Day was first held on the 22d of April as a “national teach-in on the environment” to create a mass movement with the help of thousands of students, who took part in protests against the war, who usually gathered on university campuses.

It was a remarkable idea that had a spectacular success. This event gathered over 20 million people and created public support for the foundation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which aimed to protect human health, nature recourses, life on the Earth. Since that time, Earth Day had become a worldwide celebrated holiday with conferences, new campaigns, service projects, initiatives, outdoor activities organized by activists and corporations.

The most ordinary way that every person can celebrate this day is to make the world a better: pick up rubbish in the area you live, plant some flowers and trees or just help local community garden. The mankind will be able to survive only if we all understand our personal responsibility for the environment.

Earth Day Quotes and Sayings

  1. “In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.”- Aristotle;
  2. “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”- Mahatma Gandhi;
  3. “On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.”- Jules Renard;
  4. “Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature.”- Dennis Gabor;
  5. “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”-Albert Einstein;
  6. “Nature never hurries: atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work. The lesson one learns from yachting or planting is the manners of Nature; patience with the delays of wind and sun, delays of the seasons, bad weather, excess or lack of water.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson;
  7. “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”- Franklin Roosevelt;
  8. “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”- Native American Proverb;
  9. “Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”- Rachel Carson;
  10. “Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values…. God made life simple. It is man who complicates it.”- Charles A. Lindbergh;
  11. “Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.”- Cree Indian proverb;
  12. “It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”- Rainer Maria Rilke;
  13. “Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.”- Gary Snyder;
  14. “It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”- David Attenborough;
  15. “The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity … that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.”- Gaylord Nelson;
  16. “What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”- Henry David Thoreau;
  17. “Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.”- Walt Whitman;
  18. “I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.”- Elwyn Brooks White;
  19. “That’s the thing about Mother Nature, she really doesn’t care what economic bracket you’re in.”- Whoopi Goldberg;
  20. “What you take from the earth, you must give back. That’s nature’s way.”- Chris d’Lacey;
  21. “Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.”- John Lubbock;
  22. “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”- Jane Goodall;
  23. “To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold-brothers who know now they are truly brothers.”- Archibald MacLeish;
  24. “Trees are Earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.”- Rabindranath Tagore;
  25. “Sooner or later, we will have to recognize that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans.”- Evo Morales;
  26. “To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.”- William Blake;
  27. “The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.”- John Paul II;
  28. “A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.”- John James Audubon;
  29. “A world without huge regions of total wilderness would be a cage; a world without lions and tigers and vultures and snakes and elk and bison would be – will be — a human zoo. A high-tech slum.”- Edward Abbey;
  30. “The earth has music for those who listen.”- George Santayana.


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