Earth Day

Earth Day is celebrated around the world on April 22. It is a day to celebrate the planet we all share and to raise awareness about its environmental problems. Earth Day is not an official, national holiday, but it is celebrated throughout the United States and in many countries around the world with events in schools and parks.

Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. senator from Wisconsin, founded Earth Day in 1970. Nelson wanted to pass legislation to protect the environment, and he decided to raise awareness about the issue using some of the strategies of the Vietnam War protesters. He galvanized a movement that gathered some 20 million people in communities nationwide to spend the day cleaning up local creeks, recycling tin cans, and learning ways to help protect the environment.

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