Earth day first began in 1970, as more people in the United States and across the globe began to become more aware of the environmental harm that humans have caused and continue to cause. Prior to the 1970’s, air and water pollution were the norm. Some of the newfound consciousness about environmental issues arose in part due to the publishing of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson which outlines some of the effects of pesticides such as DDT. It is immensely important to celebrate Earth day each year because it recognizes the harm humans are capable of causing while showing the massive amounts of support across the globe for protecting the Earth and the environment. This is especially important in relation to the climate crisis, in order to enact real change, our governments must be aware of the desire of their constituents to have environmental issues be at the forefront of policy.