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Gardening for the planet. Photo: <a href"http://www.flickr.com/photos/southernpixel/3480710493/">Alby Headrick</a>, CC some rights reserved
Gardening for the planet. Photo: Alby Headrick, CC some rights reserved

Bringing Earth Day back home

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It's the 43rd Earth Day. The idea of a day to stop and think about and celebrate the Earth came from U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin after he toured the devastation of a massive oil spill off California.

Earth Day 1970 achieved broad political support: Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, urban and rural, business and labor leaders. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

Earth Day is BIG. But awareness of the individual's role in environmental health has evolved in those 43 years, too. Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy shares a list of five action points for home gardeners.

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Martha Foley
News and Public Affairs Director

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