Earth Day, from Life in the USA: The Complete Guide for Immigrants and Americans

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Earth Day
Earth Day is the key day for consciousness of the earth, ecology, natural resources and the environment. First promulgated by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson on April 22, 1970, Earth Day occurs on or near that date every spring. It is not an official national holiday in the United States, although various governmental bodies do participate in Earth Day events. Although it had its start in the United States, Earth Day is now marked around the globe under the aegis of the Earth Day Network.

Earth Day is a day to work toward a better and more sustainable planet. The day might see speeches about environmental protection or protest demonstrations, against offshore oil drilling or toxic waste dumping, for example. This is the day for Americans to reaffirm their commitment to the earth by recycling, riding bicycles to work instead of taking cars, or planting organic gardens. American schoolchildren commonly participate in environmentally related projects in their classrooms on or around Earth Day.

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