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Earth Day
April 22, 2011

By Sarah Lane
Apr 21, 2011, 10:42 PST


Earth Day - April 22, 2011

What is the one event that can bring together Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders? The very same event that led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species acts . . . Earth Day!

It was more than 40 years ago that the very first Earth Day took place with over 20 million people participating. The modern environmental movement has taken off, spread mostly by word of mouth and the need to encourage the steps necessary to secure a healthy environment for us and future generations. A U.S. Senator from Wisconsin named Gaylord Nelson got the ball rolling and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role as Earth Day founder. In 1990, Earth Day went global encompassing 200 million people in 141 countries making recycling a worldwide issue.

This year, Earth Day falls on Friday, April 22. Earth Day events are often scheduled for the weekends before or after this day. If you are wondering how you can take part in this year’s celebration, browse through the activities below for ideas. Do your part to help build a clean and healthy world for generations to come!

Learn more about Earth Day

Earth Day Footprint Calculator

Check the Earth Day Footprint Calculator to see what sort of impact you have on the planet.
Source: Earth Day Network

Green Schools

Learn how Green Schools are changing the way students interact with the world around them.
Source: Earth Day Network

History of Earth Day

Each year, Earth Day -- April 22 -- marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970....
Source: Earth Day Network

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