Earth Day History

The first Earth Day, April 22, 1970

U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson inspired Denis Hayes and a group of Berkley University students to organize environmental activities based upon the recent civil rights and antiwar sit-ins. Twenty million North Americans came together sparking the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as laws on clean air and water, and endangered species protection.

April 22, 1990

An estimated 200 million people in 141 countries participated in local Earth Day activities to become the largest grassroots event in history. In Victoria, VIEWS created the first weekend program, listing 19 events and projects.


In 1991, local Earth Day celebrations blossomed into Earth Week, a ten-day program highlighting progressive community action: environmental, cultural and humanitarian activities throughout Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. It was the start of the "turn around decade".

Earth Day 2000, Saturday, April 22

Hundreds of million people, thousands of organizations, events on every continent. On so many fronts, we have the power of coordinated action.

Over 100 calendar entries are on the Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands Earth Week calendar.

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