There will be observances nationwide, including several in Eastern Carolina where people will be planting trees.
Earth day was the idea of Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. He hoped the day would provide unity to the grassroots environmental movement and increase ecological awareness. It did just that, the first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970 and in that following July of that year the environmental protection agency was established by a special executive order.
Ever since 1970, millions of Americans participate in Earth Day rallies, marches, and educational programs. They also plant trees and clean up litter.