As a response to continued environmental degradation, Senator Gaylord Nelson proclaimed the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970.
Communities around the nation and world have since used this occasion to promote environmental awareness and advocacy. For over 40 years, the Shoals has joined forces with others promoting
eco-friendly practices. In April of 2008, Earth Month in the Shoals became an official community-wide, month-long celebration with events appealing to all ages and diverse groups.
As we celebrate Earth Day's 48th anniversary, we can reflect on how far we have come and how important it is to continue to protect the Earth for our future generations.