Earth Day has been celebrated every April 22 since 1970, when it began as a day to recognize environmental issues. What started as an opportunity to educate people about issues such as pollution has grown into a worldwide event involving “more than 1 billion people are involved in Earth Day activities, making it ‘the largest secular civic event in the world.’” It has even been extended into a weeklong observance in many areas! Today, people celebrate Earth Day by raising awareness, recycling instead of throwing away, cleaning up parks and streams, and participating in many other earth-friendly activities.
The beginnings of Arbor Day can be traced all the way back to 1854 when two nature-loving pioneers planted many trees and shrubs around their new homestead, and actively spread their love of plants and agricultural knowledge through the local newspaper. By 1872, an official day for planting trees was requested in Nebraska, and the first celebration of the day took place on April 10, 1872. Over the next several years, other states declared their own Arbor Day observances and today most states celebrate the holiday on the last Friday of April.
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