(image via flickr/Gletham)

(image via flickr/Gletham)

The first Earth Day occurred on April 22, 1970. It is estimated that on that day, 20 million Americans flocked to the streets in a massive demonstration to raise awareness and demonstrate their grave concerns for the negative
impact of the environment on Mother Earth.

What was notable about the first Earth Day was that it brought millions of Americans together in one resounding voice supporting a great cause, regardless of political affiliation, background, age, social status, education and the like.

Founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day gave rise to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency. The massive public outcry that built from this point eventually led to the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.

There has been great progress in cleaning up the environment since the first Earth Day. The air is now cleaner to breathe, freeways are less damaging to the atmosphere due to lower tailpipe emissions, waterways are freer of dangerous pollutants, foods are labeled with detailed information about their contents and household cleaning products are becoming progressively greener and more easily available.

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