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Inspired by 1970

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In 1970, Americans were slurping leaded gas through V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences, rivers burned and air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity.

But Earth Day turned that all around.

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy environment. Groups fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they all shared common values. Within months, the first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. The modern environmental movement was born.

Today, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world!

Yet today, climate change puts our lives at risk. We know that climate change is real, it’s backed up by science and that it’s happening now. Climate change threatens the survival of our children and our planet. We also know that with renewable energy, clean technology and massive effort, we can turn climate change around and save our precious planet Earth

2015 promises to be one of the most exciting years in environmental history with world leaders gearing up to write a climate change treaty at the UN Paris Summit in December. It’s also Earth Day’s 45th anniversary, marking a significant birthday for the world's biggest grassroots movement.

While we recognize that momentum is building towards a global transition away from dirty fossil fuels and towards clean energy, much still needs to be done to address the threat of climate change.

In 2015, we need you to take a stand, so that together we can show the world what the environment means to us.

It’s our turn to lead. So our world leaders can follow by example.