Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Earth Day: April 22!

Earth day was created after Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, learned about the Santa Barbara oil spill in 1969. He wanted to host a “national teach-in on the environment” and that idea soon came to life on April 22nd, 1970. That day “20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast to coast rallies.” Thanks to Earth Day, it led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Act.

1990: Earth Day went global thanks to a group of environmental leaders who asked Denis Hayes to organize another campaign. This campaign reached 200 million people in 141 countries and spread the awareness of environmental issues on an international level.

2000: During this year, Earth Day focused on global warming and pushed for clean energy.

2010: This year, Earth Day celebrated their 40th anniversary!


Now, in 2011, we invite you to take in part in Earth day by participating in any of these acts of green:

  • Recycle
  • Eat Smart
  • Have a picnic
  • Eat Local
  • Plant a tree
  • Use reusable shopping bags
  • Reduce carbon footprint
  • Create new objects out of old materials
  • Plus many more!
What do you plan on doing this Earth Day?

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