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247Solar CEO Bruce Anderson’s key role in this annual event

On April 22nd, the world celebrated Earth Day. With President Joe Biden’s announcement of the United States’ commitment to halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and Earth Day feature articles everywhere one looked, the event seemed like a bigger deal than usual.

Did you know that 247Solar CEO Bruce Anderson was instrumental in making Earth Day the annual, global event it is today? That’s right. In 1990, Bruce was coordinating Earth Day’s 20th anniversary events in his home state of New Hampshire. At one point he asked Sen. Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day’s founder, why Earth Day wasn’t an annual event instead of one that occurred every 10 years. Nelson admitted that he had always wanted to make it so but couldn’t find someone to take on the project. Together they formed Earth Day USA, with Nelson as chairman and Anderson as president, and within months, EDUSA had pulled together more than one hundred organizers to plan Earth Day 1991.

In 1992, EDUSA attended the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, where it accelerated its efforts to make the event global. Ultimately, the group coordinated thousands of organizers in every state and around the world. During the early days of the internet, the group formed, significantly increasing its global reach.

EDUSA focused on what individuals can do, with themes such as “Who says I can’t change the world?” and “Earth Day Everyday.” In the accompanying video, Bruce reflects on his role in Earth Day’s formative years, reprises some of these themes and makes a profound observation. “The Earth ultimately will be fine. It’s the human race we have to worry about,” if we continue to let climate change accelerate at a runaway pace.