Earth day is an annual event on April 22nd to celebrate our planet and demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, earth day has grown into an international day of recognition. Each year, a theme is selected and Earth Day 2023 is centered around “Investing In Our Planet.”
The first Earth Day consisted of 20 million Americans who took advantage of the spring sunshine and participated in peaceful protests for environmental reform. Today, Earth day is observed in 192 countries. Earth Day is recognized as the largest secular day of protest in the world. It is believed that over a billion people participate in Earth Day activities each year.
Notable Earth Days Include:
- Earth Day 1970 - The very first Earth Day
- Earth Day 2000 - Over 5,000 environmentalist groups advocated for clean energy
- Earth Day 2001 - Google’s first Earth Day doodle is published
- Earth Day 2016 - Earth Day was chosen for the signing of the Paris Agreement at the UN
Earth Day is the perfect day to get outside and appreciate the earth! The spring date was chosen to coincide with the planting of flowers and spring vegetables. It is also a day full of education on how to protect our earth and use our natural resources responsibly.
Many people may not know that asbestos is a natural resource. Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral mined from the Earth. It is found in rock formations, and is present in the air, water, and food chain in a multitude of ecosystems. The term “asbestos” broadly refers to six groups of naturally occurring mineral fibers. Generally speaking, asbestos is a mineral fiber that occurs in both rock and soil.
In its naturally occurring state, asbestos is found as bundles of fibers that can be separated into thin, yet durable, threads created when rocks undergo intense increases in pressure and temperature, coupled with the presence of water. Often found on or just below the Earth’s surface, asbestos is very easily mined. The amount of asbestos in rocks can range from commercial-grade amounts to low-grade occurrences, and can make up anywhere from 1% to 25% of the rock form.
If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos and have now been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease such as mesothelioma or lung cancer, help starts here. Fill out a free case evaluation today.