Earth Day is a day dedicated to celebrating our environment and working together to protect it. For the last 50 years, millions of people around the world have engaged in events to promote awareness of impacts on our environment and its wildlife. The global event hits especially close to home for those of us in Wisconsin.
Earth Day was founded by a Wisconsin native, former Wisconsin Governor and U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson. It was first observed on April 22, 1970, with an estimated 20 million people participating during the inaugural event. The first Earth Day was the catalyst in passing the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts, as well as the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the U.S.
MGE publishes an Earth Day Fun Book each year. We call it "Earth Day Every Day" because every day is an opportunity to do something positive for our environment. MGE's free Earth Day Fun Book includes stories and local features that illustrate how to live more sustainably. Visit www.mge.com/earthday for a digital version of the Fun Book and additional educational resources.
Students who enter MGE's video contest could win a party worth up to $500 for their classroom. All it takes is a little creativity to come up with activities to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint! To learn more, visit mge.com/earthday/contest.