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What is Earth Day?
Earth Day is observed every year
on 22 April, with events being
held round the world to unite
and mobilize people concerned
about the planet’s deteriorating
natural environment. In 1970,
nearly 20 million Americans took part in the first
Earth Day, inspiring US policymakers to pass several
environmental protection laws and establish the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December
of that year.
The movement grew, and in 1990, Earth Day
became a global phenomenon, involving 200 million
people in 141 countries. Nowadays, Earth Day is
observed by more than a billion people worldwide and
is widely considered to be the largest non-religious
observance in the world.