On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans rallied from coast-to-coast for a healthy sustainable environment. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values. That Inaugural 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 in 1970. In 1990, Earth Day went global. By 2010, there were 192 countries observing Earth Day. Earth Day Celebrations continue thanks to the efforts of Earth Day Network and it has definitely shaped the future and conservations efforts of today.  Our April 2017 Newsletter highlights the history of Earth Day and 6 ways you can celebrate here in Chattanooga. Be a part of this month’s local and global outdoor adventure!

   

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