Earth Day is an annual celebration that honors the achievements of the environmental movement and raises awareness of the need to protect Earth's natural resources for future generations.
Held on April 22nd, Earth Day was begun by a U.S. senator to raise national awareness of deteriorating environmental conditions across the country. The first Earth Day achieved a rare political alignment between Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, urban dwellers and farmers, and business and labor leaders, and united individual activists in their fight against pollution. This led to the consolidation of environmental responsibilities under one federal government agency and decades of regulations to curb ecological damage.
Today there are countless initiatives in place that protect the environment, wildlife, and habitats, such as No Mow May (which allows lawn flowers to grow so that pollinators have an early spring food source) and Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
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