Activities to Celebrate 50 Years of Earth Day

Activities to Celebrate 50 Years of Earth Day
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While it feels like there is little to celebrate these days, with our world dealing with the extraordinary situation of a global pandemic, there is at least one bright spot this week: the 50th celebration of Earth Day! The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970, and it’s often cited as the birthplace of the modern environmental movement. Just eight years before, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring became a New York Times bestseller, and the tide started to turn—ever so subtly—toward a broader appreciation of natural ecosystems and the species that call them home. Earth Day in 1970 started as an idea for a teach-in on environmental issues and turned into 20 million Americans attending organized protests that rallied against decades of industrial development and pollution. The result was the creation of the US Environmental Protection Agency, followed closely by the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, and more. Every year, accordi.... Continue Reading at Campendium

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