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Just when spring fever hits hard in classrooms across the country, Earth Day 2016 appears as a welcome friend on the horizon.
How will you and your students celebrate Earth Day this Friday, April 22nd? Read more about the history of this important event before you decide.
Why Earth Day?
After a Wisconsin senator witnessed firsthand the toxic effects of a Santa Barbara, CA oil spill in 1969, he knew it was time to rally the public, inspiring all to protect the earth's environment.
On April 22, 1970, the first-annual Earth Day was born.
At the time, over 20 million people across America rallied for a cleaner environment. Year by year, participation increased and Earth Day events became more popular.
When Earth Day went global in 1990, it was celebrated by over 200 million people worldwide.
Each year, many important changes occur because of Earth Day celebrations. For example: