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Earth Day Celebration - April 2, 2011

Vicki Shivers - Sunday, March 27, 2011

Each year, on April 22, we celebrate Earth Day to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. Founded in 1970, Earth Day is now recognized in over 175 countries, with some committing an entire week to activities focused on environmental issues.  Hilton Head Island, known worldwide for its beautiful natural environment, will honor this special day with a family friendly Earth Day Celebration.

 Earth Day was founded by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson after witnessing the tragedy of the massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, Nelson realized that if he could create a movement with that much energy to get folks focused on air and water pollution that could spar an international commitment to conserving our resources and helping our planet. Senator Nelson built a staff of 85 people, announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment”, and the first Earth Day was celebrated.

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans gathered in the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Across the country, colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment, and groups against oil spills, polluting factories, the loss of wilderness and the extinction of wildlife came together to share their common values of a cleaner, more natural planet.

Hilton Head Island values its natural resources and habitats and is proud to host a community Earth Day Celebration. The Green Resource Expo will showcase resources to support green living and businesses and celebrate the Island’s signature attraction – our natural environment. This family friendly free event will provide experiential learning activities for attendees of all ages, tools to care for our town’s sustainability and kick off an Island wide recycling initiative.  There will be live entertainment, a climbing wall for the kids, and an opportunity for attendees to pledge their commitment to recycle!

For more information on Hilton Head Island’s Earth Day Celebration or to download a free ticket for the event, visit www.experiencegreen.org .

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