Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day from Clean Air NY!

Fun Facts for Earth Day, April 22, 2009
  • Earth Day began on April 22, 1970, when then-U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson, D-Wis., proposed a nationwide grassroots movement to raise awareness of environmental issues after an oil spill off the California coast. The first Earth Day drew 20 million American participants.
  • By the end of 1970, Congress passed the Clean Air Act and established the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • According to Earth Day Network, more than 1 billion people in 174 countries now participate in activities to celebrate Earth Day – making it the largest secular civic event in the world!
  • In many elementary schools, Earth Day is the third most commonly celebrated holiday – after Halloween and Christmas.

Check out our Latest Events page to find Clean Air NY at all kinds of great Earth Day events!

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