Celebrating the Modern Environmental Movement
Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin senator, wanted to introduce environmental protection into the political agenda after witnessing a devastating oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara in 1969. Nelson announced a plan for a “national teach-in on the environment” and recruited a Republican co-chair, Pete McCloskey, and a national coordinator from Harvard, Denis Hayes.
The first Earth Day was celebrated by over 20 million Americans on April 22nd, 1970. Demonstrations across the nation promoted education and action towards a sustainable, healthy environment. Groups that were working to end oil spills, preserve endangered species, eradicate toxic dumps, and end the use of pesticides all came together for Earth Day. The event brought together Americans across party lines and social classes.
The first Earth Day led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. In 1990 Earth Day became an international phenomenon and with over 200 million participants in 141 countries. Since achieving global participation, Earth Day has grown exponentially. Earth Day Network is launching an ambitious set of goals to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020. Learn more about how to get involved here.
Doing Our Part
At Urban Natural we take pride in selling sustainably made products that are healthy for your home and the environment. The brands we work with practice sustainable manufacturing methods and our furniture is free from harmful chemicals that damage the environment. Offering American made furniture options also minimizes our carbon footprint.
We are celebrating Earth Day 2019 at Urban Natural by donating 5% of all proceeds to Habitat for Humanity Newark. Shop all of our collections here and take a look at your environmental impact with these simple assessments.