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Looking Back

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Earth Day 2019 is April 22. Whether you plan to participate in a community-wide litter pluck or simply implement using a reusable water bottle in place of a plastic one, it is a day to honor and celebrate the environment.

Earth Day started out as a movement across college campuses in the United States. First organized in 1970 by Denis Hayes, it was a day intended for peaceful political demonstrations. For the first celebration in New York City, Fifth Avenue was shut down and Mayor John Lindsay dedicated Central Park to Earth Day, signaling the magnitude of the day. Meanwhile, the events in Philadelphia attracted big names such as

presidential candidate Ralph Nader and poet Allen Ginsberg.

The importance of Earth Day has continued into the 21st century. On April 22, 2016, the United States (along with 120 other nations) signed the Paris Agreement, a major step in the fight against climate change. Today, Earth Day is celebrated in over 193 countries, with events in communities both big and small.

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