Monday numbers: Earth Day 2024 and the environmental challenges posed by plastics

Earth Day, conceived in 1970 by Senators Nelson and McCloskey, merges student activism with environmental awareness.

20 million Americans participated in the inaugural Earth Day, marking a significant moment in environmental advocacy.

Earth Day 1970 spurred landmark policy changes, including the creation of the EPA and key environmental laws.

Environmental threats today, including climate change and plastic pollution, demand urgent action

The global "60X40 movement" aims to reduce plastic production by 60% by 2040, addressing pressing environmental concerns.

Key facts highlight the scale of the plastic crisis, from billions of tons produced to microplastics contaminating oceans and drinking water.