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Recycling and Conservation Earth Day 2016 How did Earth Day begin?
How did Earth Day begin?

So, how did Earth Day begin?...

In 1970, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson proposed a nationwide "Environmental Teach-in" on college campuses across America. Denis Hayes led the organizing effort which involved 20 million Americans celebrating the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. It led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. Click here for more info (this link will take you to an external site).