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The 50th Celebration of Earth Day

Today marks the 50th celebration of Earth Day
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 of every year since 1970. This year is special because it marks the 50th celebration of Earth Day.

The history of Earth Day signifies how we celebrate Earth Day to this date. It was a joint reaction,mainly from Senator Gaylord Nelson,  to an environment that was experiencing a crisis - oil spills, water pollution and smog.

50 years ago, about 20 million Americans, which was around 10% of the population in 1970, publicly protested to stop pollution and to stop environmental abuse.

Senator Gaylord Nelson is credited for Earth Day celebrations and for launching the modern environmental movement which is now recognized as the nation's largest secular observance.

The first Earth Day celebration created a chain reaction that aided in the passing of The Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts as well as the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The theme for this year's Earth Day celebration is climate action. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable. 

You can visit https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2020/  to learn more about the history of Earth Day and why it is such an important celebration as well as a donation button to aid in the organization of groups to protect the environment and prevent climate change.

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