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Happy Earth Day!
News story originally written on April 22, 2003

Hurrah for Earth Day! Every year, Earth Day is celebrated in the United States on April 22. The holiday helps people remember that we need to protect our planet. On this day, people help out by attending environmental assemblies, recycling, planting trees, and cleaning up littered areas.

Earth Day helps people remember to make decisions and pass laws that are healthy for the Earth. Since Earth Day started in 1970, several pesticides and other pollutants have been banned, and many states now have laws that make sure cars don't pollute too much. Also, Earth Day has helped people understand how important recycling is for keeping the environment clean.

The Earth is a very unique planet that has supported life for billions of years. Everything we humans need to survive, like our food and homes, comes from nature. We are not the only ones who use these resources! We share the Earth with billions of other living things who all need resources from nature to survive as well. As human population grows, we may use up many of the resources that we and other living things need to survive. We can help the Earth and protect nature by using less resources and keeping our planet clean.

So celebrate Earth Day, recycle those milk jugs and old homework assignments, don't litter, plant a tree, love your planet, and remember to have fun!

Last modified April 23, 2003 by Lisa Gardiner.

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