Friday, April 8, 2011

Holiday: Earth Day

Earth Day -- April 22 -- marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. It has been called “the largest secular holiday in the world” by Earth Day Network (EDN) – the non-profit organization that has promoted the event since its inception.

On April 22, 1970, some 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment. Denis Hayes, the national coordinator, and his youthful staff organized massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.

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