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Earth Day 2012 – Saturday, April 22nd – Mobilize The Earth

Grayson_Lynn_COLORBy E. Lynn Grayson

 

This Saturday, more than one billion people around the world will participate in Earth Day 2012 according to the Earth Day Network. The Earth Day 2012 campaign is designed to provide people with the opportunity to come together to support a call for a more sustainable future.

April 22nd also marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. "It was a gamble," Earth Day founder and then U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson recalled, "but it worked."

Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. Earth Day has become the largest civic observance in the world. All of EDN's activities, whether greening schools or promoting green economic policies at home and abroad, inform and energize populations so they will act to secure a healthy future for themselves and their children. With its partner organizations, EDN provides civic engagement opportunities at the local, state, national and global levels. At every turn, EDN works to broaden the definition of "environment" to include all issues that affect our health, our communities and our environment, such as greening deteriorated schools, creating green jobs and investment, and promoting activism to stop air and water pollution.

EDN wants Earth Day 2012 to serve as a launch pad for a growing environmental movement demanding immediate action to secure renewable energy for all and a sustainable future for everyone.

For more information about Earth Day 2012, April 22nd activities or the Earth Day Network, see http://www.earthday.org/2012.