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Good Question: Why do we celebrate Earth Day?

Thursday marked the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, a day set aside to honor our Earth and the efforts to keep it clean and sustainable for years to come.

Good Question: Why do celebrate Earth Day?

From recycling efforts, to making sure our water supply goes uncontaminated to planting more trees and flowers, its what we do to celebrate Earth Day.

April 22nd 1970 marked the first ever Earth day.

It established the beginning of the modern environmental movement and it was spear headed by a man named Gaylord Nelson, a former US Senator from Wisconsin.

In 1970 20 million Americans took to the streets to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment.

Environmental groups had previously been protesting against pollution, power plants, pesticides, oil and raw sewage and wildlife extinction.

Earth day founder, Senator Nelson had given many speeches, many on the need for cleaner more fuel efficient cars.

His message is a battle we are still fighting today.

"If we had any rational policy about transportation we in any event we would go back to small automobiles and mass transportation that people can get across the city and between the cities of America in efficient clean mass transportation." said former Senator Gaylord Nelson.

It's a message that is still ringing true 40 years later.

To cap off Earth Week, the city of Lexington will hold Spring Clean Day Saturday.

People can drop off items such as fertilizers, cleaners and other unwanted household hazardous items at 1631 Old Frankfort Pike between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m on April 24th.


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