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Earth Day has been celebrated around the world since 1970 by people from all walks of life who are concerned about preserving the environment. Kiểm tra out these great ideas!


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Earth Day Anniversary: Milestones

While there is a lot lớn do, there has been some notable progress (as well as recognition of problems) over the past 20-30 years. Here are a few highlights (courtesy of the U.S. EPA):

1982

Congress enacts laws for safe disposal of nuclear waste.

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1983

Cleanup actions begin to lớn rid the Chesapeake bay of pollution stemming from sewage treatment plants, urban runoff, and farm waste.

1985

Scientists report that a giant hole in the earth’s ozone layer opens each spring over Antarctica.

1990

Congress passes the Clean Air Act Amendments, requiring states to demonstrate progress in improving air quality.

1991

Federal agencies begin using recycled content products.

19921996

EPA requires that trang chủ buyers & renters be informed about lead-based paint hazards.

1998

President Bill Clinton announces the Clean Water kích hoạt Plan to lớn continue making America’s waterways safe for fishing & swimming.

1999

President Bill Clinton announces new emissions standards for cars, sport utility vehicles, minivans, và trucks, requiring them to be 77 percent khổng lồ 95 percent cleaner than in 1999.

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2003

More than 4,000 school buses were retrofitted through the Clean School Bus USA program, removing 200,000 pounds of particulate matter from the air over the next 10 years.

Clear Skies legislation và alternative regulations are proposed lớn create a cap and trade system to lớn reduce SO2 emissions by 70 percent và NOx emissions by 65 percent below current levels.

2020

50th Anniversary

See the full menu of US environmental milestones.

An Earth Day Poem


Here’s an Earth Day poem that according to legend, many Portuguese people would attach to trees in their forests:

Ye who passes by and would raise your hand against me, harken ‘ere you harm me.

I am the heat of your hearth on the cold winter nights, the friendly shade screening you from summer sun, and my fruits are refreshing, quenching your thirst as you journey on.

I am the beam that holds your house, the board of your table, the bed on which you lie, the timber that builds your boat.

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I am the handle of your hoe, the door of your homestead, the wood of your cradle, and the shell of your coffin.