According to World Book Online, Earth Day was started in the late 1960s to bring awareness to people about our impact on the environment. On Saturday April 22nd, there were celebrations all over the world regarding Earth Day. In addition, the Science Community marched in protest of the Trump’s Administration stand in not supporting science research and cutting programs that support scientific inquiry and discovery. Do you agree with President Trump that Global Warming is a myth and we don’t need to protect the environment? or Do you think that we need to pass laws to help protect our environment? What are your views on off shore drilling for example? Do we need safety standards to prevent air pollution? Do you think Businesses will do the right thing to protect our environment without laws to protect us? Please post your views.
Read more about the World Book Article on Earth Day and its history…
Earth Day is an annual observance, held on April 22, to increase public awareness of environmental issues. Each year on Earth Day, millions of people throughout the world gather to clean up litter, to protest threats to the environment, and to celebrate progress in reducing pollution.
Earth Day began in the United States. In 1969, U.S. Senator Gaylord A. Nelson suggested that a day of environmental education be held on college campuses. The following year, the lawyer and environmentalist Denis Hayes, then a recent graduate of Stanford University, led hundreds of students in planning and organizing the observance of Earth Day on April 22, 1970. About 20 million people participated in this celebration.
The observance of Earth Day in 1970 helped alert people to the dangers of pollution and stimulated a new environmental movement. That same year, Congress created the Environmental Protection Agency to set and enforce pollution standards. Congress also passed the Clean Air Act of 1970, which limited the amount of air pollution that cars, utilities, and industries could release. Other new environmental laws soon followed.
See also Environmental pollution; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Denis Hayes, J.D., President and CEO, Bullitt Foundation.
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To cite this article, World Book recommends the following format:
Hayes, Denis. “Earth Day.” World Book Student, World Book, 2017, www.worldbookonline.com/student/article?id=ar171620. Accessed 23 Apr. 2017.
Hayes, D. (2017). Earth Day. In World Book student. Retrieved from
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