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Saturday, April 22, 2006

April 22 is Earth Day

Sen. Gaylord Nelson gets the credit for founding Earth Day--a Day in which we take time out to appreciate the world around us and commit to what we can do to making it a better place.

In 1963, President Kennedy went on a 5-day conservation tour, a tour which planted the initial seeds for Earth Day. However, it wasn't until 1969 that it was announced that the next year would be the first Earth Day--a day which would be a nationwide demonstration on environmental issues. This time, the idea grew. The first Earth Day turned out 20 million demonstrators and thousands of schools and local communities participated.

American Heritage Magazine said that the 1970 Earth Day was "one of the most remarkable happenings in the history of democracy."

In July of last year, the founder died, but his idea blazes on ahead. In 2006, the Earth Day network launched a three-year campaign to educate the populace on climate change. Want to dig your teeth into some serious reading on climate change?

These books might be a good place to start:


  • Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment by Yale dean James Gustave Speth
  • High Tide: The Truth About Our Climate Crisis by British journalist Mark Lynas
  • Climate Change: A Multidisciplinary Approach by William James Burroughs

For more information about Earth Day, check out either ConsumerHelpWeb's blog entry or that of BeadingHelpWeb.



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