Happy Earth Day – time to celebrate

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Happy Earth Day – it is time to celebrate! On this 45th anniversary of Earth Day the movement has become a global phenomenon.

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Progress has been made towards protecting our environment. According to the EPA, the aggregate emissions of six major air pollutants have dropped more than 60% since 1980. In 1972 only about 1/3 of the water in the U.S. was considered safe for swimming or fishing, now 2/3 of all water is considered safe. Tens of billions of dollars have been spent since 1980 to clean up hazardous waste sites.

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There is still work to be done. In the 1970s environmental harm was easy to identify and it had bi-partisan support to address. Now, environmental issues are considered by many a partisan issue. It is difficult to identify pollutants and those doing lasting damage have huge influence over those making the rules. So what can you do to protect the earth?…

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