Earth Day and you’re Invited

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Popular folklore will tell you that Earth Day started out 41 years ago as a day for hippies to party and protest the Vietnam war, and that’s partly right, the partying and protesting anyway.

The greenest of green days is actually the brainchild of Gaylord Nelson. Nelson conceived the idea while representing Wisconsin as a U.S. Senator. War protests and an oil spill along a California coastline inspired Nelson’s brilliant thought.

The evolution of Earth Day has far exceeded what Nelson must have envisioned — thankfully so.

It led to the creation of the Clean Water, Clean Air and Endangered Species Acts.

The day now extends beyond the fingertips of the flower power generation and radical environmentalists to become mainstream – thankfully so.

We all have a stake in the environment.

This year’s theme: A billion Acts of Green. Among the projects, planting 1 billion trees, reduce pollution and enhance learning in schools and bringing entrepreneurs from around the world to solve environmental problems.

(Want to learn about Pennsylvania’s environmental footprint — you can do so by clicking on RTC. )

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