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MANCHESTER — Wednesday, April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

In 1970, 20 million Americans took part in the first Earth Day celebration as a response to their concern about the way the environment was being polluted. As a result, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Act were passed, and signed into law by President Richard Nixon.

Earth Matters, a local environmental group, invites everyone in the greater Manchester area to pause, reflect, and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

The difficult times we are in today due to global warming and the coronavirus pandemic demonstrate our interconnectedness with each other and with the earth.

There will be several ways for people to safely participate in Earth Day events.

Starting on April 22, there will be a three-day-long international LiveStream event sponsored by several environmental groups, including and 350VT.

Locally, on Wednesday afternoon, April 22, several area churches will ring their bells at noon to mark the 50th anniversary. Individually, you can demonstrate support for Earth Day by displaying celebratory banners or signs in your windows, your car, on your lawns, or small prayer flags tied to trees.

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Other Earth Day events include:

- A webinar from 7-8:30 p.m. on April 22 on the role of Vermont's forests in the environmental and climate justice movements; go to

350VT's website to register.

- Students from BBA are making and selling Earth Day T-shirts.

- On April 23 there will be an evening of story-telling, "Tales of Fossil Fuel Resistance" with students from Middlebury College's divestment movement and

indigenous Abenaki stories; see 350VT's website.

- April 24 is National Youth Registration Day; young folks must register and vote if they care about their future.


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