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You May Know It’s Earth Day, But Do You Know How It Started?

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In 1970, then-U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin Democrat, helped created Earth Day, an occasion meant to bring attention to emerging environmental problems. Since then, the now-worldwide, roll-up-your-sleeves day of activism has become popular in local communities everywhere.

One billion people are expected to participate around the globe, according to CNN. As Wired states, Earth Day is a time to “tell your mother you love her”–Mother Earth, that is. Of course, the action takes place at the local level, as well, and The Denver Post has a list of events around the state. In Fort Collins, numerous events are planned all week, writes the Coloradoan.

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And there’s lots to think about. The Colorado Springs Independent, for instance, reports on the Fountain landfill, where residents of El Paso County tossed out more than a million cubic yards of trash in one year–comparable to a 15-story building.

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