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What have previous Earth Days accomplished?

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What have previous Earth Days accomplished? Photo © Ilexx / iStockphoto.

The first Earth Day in 1970 succeeded in garnering support from Republicans and Democrats alike. It transcended economic status and brought together people from cities, towns, and farming communities. It inspired the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. In 1990, Earth Day gained global support—its organizers were able to mobilize 200 million people from 141 countries. The 1990 Earth Day brought the importance of recycling to the forefront. Earth Day 2000 drew together 5000 environmental groups and reached out to hundreds of millions of people in 184 countries.

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