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What is Earth Day?

Earth Day is a day when millions of people across the world come together to promote a cleaner, safer environment. Earth Day is held every year on April 22.

This year’s Earth Day theme is “invest in our planet”. Every individual on this earth has a voice; together we can be the voice and invest our time, energy, and effort to make this planet sustainable for future generations. Here are some ways YOU can invest in our planet:    

Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin is considered the “founder” of Earth Day. Nelson’s idea evolved over a seven-year period beginning in 1962 and resulted in the first Earth Day being held on April 22, 1970. The first Earth Day drew together more than 20 million Americans and became the largest grassroots demonstration in U.S. history. Participants took to the streets, lobbied Congress and began the modern environmental movement. Earth Day 1970 helped develop public support that led to the enactment of the Clean Air ActClean Water ActEndangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act as well as the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The rest is history. 


Fun Earth Day Resources! 

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