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 WiredÂ 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 PostÂ has a list of events around the state. In Fort Collins, numerous events are planned all week, writes theÂ Coloradoan.
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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.