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
Â 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, andÂ The Denver Post
Â has a list of events around the state. In Fort Collins, numerous events are planned all week, writes theÂ Coloradoan
And there's lots to think about. TheÂ 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.