Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Terminology Tuesday: Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, as you probably know. The first Earth Day was in 1970 and is widely considered to be the birth of the modern environmental movement.

One of the founders of Earth Day was Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin. He said Earth Day and the environmental movement was created "to shake up the political establishment and force this issue onto the national agenda. It was a gamble but it worked."

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans rallied for a healthy, sustainable environment. Their actions led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and later came the passages of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species acts.

via EarthDayNetwork

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