Earth Day was first proposed by Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin, who saw a need for a nationwide consciousness about the environment. Nelson wanted to organize a national demonstration that was so powerful and large that environmentalism would be forced into the national agenda. So on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate on behalf of a sustainable environment. Since 1990 Earth Day has been celebrated and recognized around the world to keep environmental issues on the forefront of international issues. Earth Day events bring together like-minded people to inspire changes that can bring about ongoing benefits to the community, large and small.
It is to no amazement then, that St Augustine has its own activities, marches, and panel discussions on that day. So many come to enjoy that day, and keep awareness on the importance to keep this little blue planet clean and habitable for all living creatures and organisms.