Earth Day was created to increase awareness of the Earth’s natural environment, and it led to the modern environmental movement. The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, and was the brainchild of then senator Gaylord Nelson. He called for an environmental teach-in, and over 20 million people in the U.S. participated that year: http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-history-movement. The event capitalized on the energy of the anti-war protest movement, combined with the growing public consciousness of the need to protect the planet. It led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. Today Earth Day is celebrated in over 180 countries around the world.
To find books in the library on Earth Day look under the subject heading: Earth Day. To find books on conserving the natural environment try some of the following subjects: Environmental Protection, Environmentalism, Recycling Waste, Energy Conservation, Green Movement, Climatic Changes, Sustainable Living, and Global Warming.
For more information on Sustainable Living go to the Marin County Free Library website, www.marinlibrary.org , and click on Research and Learning in the blue bar toward the top of the page. Under Resources by Subject, in the middle of the next page, click on the subject Sustainable Living .