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Beginning April 21, just in time for the 42nd Earth Day, green related community events will be held across the South Loop. Since it started Earth Day has been a driving force, pushing citizens to revamp their earth friendly habits and laws to be developed helping companies revamp their habits as well.

Below is a timeline of how Earth Day has had an impact on the world, followed by upcoming events in the South Loop.

  • 1969 – An estimated 80,000–100,000 barrels of oil are spilled in the Santa Barbara Channel, killing thousands of birds and marine animals.
  • From the oil spill in 1969 Gaylord Nelson, a U. S. Senator from Wisconsin, came up with the idea of Earth Day to help build awareness about air and water pollution.
  • 1970 – 20 million Americans joined on April 22 in rallies to demonstrate a for a clean environment.
  • By creating awareness and garnering support from people of all walks of life the first Earth Day prompted the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency as well as the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

It was a gamble, but it worked.
– Gaylord Nelson

  • 1990 – Earth Day becomes a global celebration including 200 million people in 141 countries.
  • 1992 – More than 100 heads of state met in Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations Earth Summit to face problems of environmental protection and socio-economic development.
  • 2000 – By campaigning across the internet Earth Day in 2000 had activists demonstrating from Africa to Washington D.C. emphasizing the importance of clean energy to world leaders.
  • April 21, 2012 – Join neighbors for Spring. Clean. Green.  to help clean parks across the 2nd Ward. Follow the link above to sign up.
  • April 26, 2012 – Join the GSLA for Neighbor’s Night OutHealth and Wellness for Yourself andHome, 6:00–9:00 p.m. at Sixpax Studio, 1329 S. Michigan. Enjoy healthy treats from Donna’s Cafe, a lesson in exercising at your desk by Sixpax, and a Reduce, Reuse, Recycle game by the Alliance for a Greener South Loop.
  • Mondays, May 2012 – Visit your favorite restaurants on Mondays to participate in Meatless Mondays in May. It has been shown that eating less meat is one of the best ways to reduce climate change as well as improve your health. Follow this link to for a list of participating South Loop restaurants.

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