10 Facts I’ll Bet You Didn’t Know About Earth Day

The other day while I was at the farmer’s market, I came upon a small fruit stand. Lined with canning jars full of jams and jellies, the stand was heaping with delicious-smelling, fresh produce. Just behind the oranges, I saw two bright, friendly eyes staring back at me with a smile. The man belted out a “Hallooo!” before getting up and asking what he could get for me.

The man’s name was Jim, and he was a farmer from Reading, Pennsylvania. All the fruit in his stand was homegrown, right on his family’s fourth-generation farm. During our conversation, we got to talking about the rewards of farming. At one point, Jim said, “I like to think that if the world — the ground, the trees, the grass — is happy, then I’ll be happy. If the Earth is happy, then I’m happy.”

Each year on Earth Day, I remember farmers just like Jim — farmers who truly care about the Earth and the livelihood that it provides for them and their families. Because a healthy Earth means healthy watermelons, so get out there and celebrate the Earth!


  1. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970.
  1. Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day while he was working as a U.S. senator.
  1. Earth Day originated in the U.S. but became recognized worldwide by 1990.
  1. Every year on April 22, men, women and children collect garbage, plant trees, clean up coral reefs, show movies, sign petitions and plan for a better future for our planet.
  1. On Earth Day 2009, Disney released a documentary film called “Earth” that followed the migration paths of four animal families.
  1. Earth Day was renamed officially by the UN in 2009 as International Mother Earth Day.
  1. Some schools and communities celebrate Earth Day for a whole week to allow for more time for people to focus on the earth and how they can preserve it.
  1. On Earth Day 2012, more than 100,000 people rode bikes in China to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel.
  1. In an Earth Day celebration in 2011, 28 million trees were planted in Afghanistan by the Earth Day Network.
  1. In Panama, 100 endangered species of orchids were planted and maintained to prevent their extinction in honor of Earth Day.

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