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Earth Day 50th Anniversary Clearinghouse

Earth Day was born 50 years ago as the result of an ever-increasing awareness of the impact of human activity on the planet. From air pollution to pesticide use to devastating images from the explosion of an oil drilling platform off the coast of California and the burning Cuyahoga River, environmental issues took center stage in American politics throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s. The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970. Conceived as a massive environmental education class, Earth Day remains a valuable teaching tool for people around the world.

For the 50th anniversary, the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation is hosting the clearinghouse website at, where Earth Day events sponsored by the partner businesses and organizations can be found, along with historical information, practical guidance on being green in the 21st century, and an educational component for teachers and students across the commonwealth. If any organizations would like to be a partner or sponsor an event, they can visit the website and find out more.

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