Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day 2010 - 40th Anniversary

Earth Day is 40 years old!  I remember celebrating the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 when I was in junior high school (I can tell the calculators are on fire doing the math).   It was created by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as a way to raise awareness for environmental issues:  pollution, oil spills, toxic dumps, wildlife extinction, loss of wilderness areas, etc.  This "movement" is unique because it has never had any governing body and has grown entirely on its own.  The original Earth Day was celebrated by approximately 20 million people in the U.S. and is now celebrated internationally in more than 175 countries.

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