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Today marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day – a day set aside to inspire awareness of our planet and its environment. The holiday was founded 40 years ago by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in. It has blossomed into a world-wide celebration of Mother Earth and everything environmental – from global warming to gardening.
According to Yumsugar.com here are some fun Earth Day facts:
- After Halloween and Christmas, Earth Day is the third largest holiday celebrated in elementary schools
- It is the largest secular modern holiday in the entire world, celebrated in 175 countries every year.
- The highlight of the annual Earth Day Ceremony at the United Nations is the ringing of the Peace Bell. It was made from coins given by school children in Japan to further peace on the planet.
Earthday.org is asking everyone to drop by their site and contribute an Act of Green. They are looking to acquire a Billion Acts of Green. Stop by and submit your act of green.
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