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Transcript of Earth Day
Turn off the faucet Tell your Friends! If you catch your friend tossing an aluminum can in the trash or leaving the lights on, say something. If you can change someone's attitude about going green, you'll be doing twice the impact you can do by yourself. April 22, 1970: 20 million people participate in inaugural Earth Day activities around the United States. December 1970: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established by President Richard Nixon in order to protect human health and safeguard the natural environment— air, water and land. Before the agency was founded, "the federal government was not structured to make a coordinated attack on the pollutants that harm human health and degrade the environment," according to EPA.gov. Today, the organization, which is based in Washington, D.C., has over 17,000 employees, 10 regional offices and more than 12 labs. 1972: Congress passes the Clean Water Act, which limits pollutants in rivers, lakes and streams. 1973: Congress passes the Endangered Species Act to protect animals and their ecosystems 1990: The 20th anniversary Earth Day celebrations go global, with participants in over 140 countries. 2000: Hundreds of millions of people in 184 countries celebrate the 30th anniversary of Earth Day, with a focus on "clean energy." 2010: April 22 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day