On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day took place. Thirty-five years later, we still celebrate Earth Day on April 22. Earth Day originated out of a social environmental movement, fueled by concerns of the day including widespread pollution, toxic dumping, and declines in wildlife populations in the US. Today, concerns about the environment are wide-ranging and on a global scale involving climate change, ocean acidification and energy resources. These problems can often seem insurmountable, but as Julia A. Fletcher Carney (1824-1908) once wrote: “Little drops of water, little grains of sand, Make the mighty ocean and the pleasant land…”, choices one makes on a daily basis can add up. Become educated about environmental issues and reduce your ecological footprint by reusing items, recycling, conserve energy and water resources, and hopefully everyone will begin to realize everyday is Earth Day.
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