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This year, Earth Day is celebrating its 50th anniversary!Celebrated around the world to encourage support for environmental protection, Earth Day is a day to join together to address the most urgent issues and threats facing Mother Earth. Read on to learn everything from the history of Earth Day to details about the 2020 celebration to what you can do to share your responsibility to the environment. History of earth day The first official Earth Day began in 1970 after a major oil spill took place in Santa Barbara, California. On January 28, 1969, a well being drilled off the coast of Santa Barbara blew out, resulting in more than 3 million gallons of oil leaking into the ocean. Thousands of animals were killed , including birds, dolphins, sea lions, and seals.Because of this major disaster, environmentalists and activists created environmental regulations, education, and ultimately, Earth Day. On the first anniversary of the Santa Barbara oil spill in 1970, activists celebrated Environmental Rights Day, where they read the Declaration of Environmental Rights . Wisconsin Senator, Gaylord Nelson, spearheaded the movement and convinced the U.S. government that the planet was at risk. Later that year, the first official Earth Day celebration took place. […]

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