Four Fast Facts

The History of Earth Day and its Environmental Impact

Earth Day is one of most important dates on the calendar for energy efficiency and cleantech companies. We’re celebrating in this week’s edition of Four Fast Facts from Fast Site Survey!

  • The first Earth Day in 1970 attracted 20 million people (>10% of the U.S. population at the time) to rallies across America

  • The impact of the first Earth Day was massive as public polling showed a 2,500% increase in the number of Americans who said protecting the environment was an important goal

  • The United Nations joined the celebration in 2000 marking Earth Day as an official international holiday

  • Today Earth Day is considered the the largest secular civic event in the world with over 1 billion people in 174 countries involved in celebratory activities