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Join Over One Billion People Across the Globe to Celebrate Earth Day 2014

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Earth Day 2014 will focus on how to make cities– which now house the majority of the world’s population– greener.

 

 

In 1969, an oil platform off the coast of Santa Barbara suffered a blowout. Ruptured underwater pipes spewed up to 4.2 million gallons of oil into the ocean, killing seals, dolphins, fish and thousands of seabirds. But, this environmental catastrophe also brought about positive change.


The spill motivated Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin senator, to found the first Earth Day, held on April 22, 1970. Democrats and Republicans both came together to celebrate the day, along with millions of Americans who participated in massive rallies. The passage of the U.S. Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts followed.

 

 

Now, more than a billion people take part in Earth Day activities across the globe, states the Earth Day Network -- the organization that manages Earth Day -- on its website.

 

This year, Green Cities is the official theme for Earth Day.

 

 

“For the first time ever, the majority of the world's population lives in a city, and this proportion continues to grow,” states the World Health Organization on its site. By 2050, 6.4 billion people will live in cities, compared to 3.4 billion in 2009.

 

Earth Day is focusing on ways cities can become greener, including using renewable energy, improving public transportation and reducing emissions from buildings, which produce about a third of all global greenhouse gas emissions.

 

However, many local governments and organizations will center their celebrations on issues important to them, such as by holding cleanups, promoting sustainable business and educating the public about the environment.

 

What You Can Do:

 

- Participate in Earth Day events near you

- Learn about greening cities

- Check out these ways to help the Earth every day.