Earth Day
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Earth DayHoliday: Earth Day

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.

In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, the date proposed was March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day of nature's equipoise was later sanctioned in a Proclamation signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations. A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award in recognition of his work. While this April 22 Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations. Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues.

Source: Wikipedia: Earth Day
From YOUR Teacher: Earth Day

This holiday becomes more important every year as the temperature of the planet continues to go up as a result of global warming. Please do everything you can in your country to get your elected officials to change laws to deal with problem.
Test: Reading Comprehension Earth Day

Read the information above. In the test questions below choose which is the best answer for each question. There are 5 questions. Good luck.
1.  Earth Day is which type of event?

a.  an annual event
b.  a weekly event
c.  a pagan event
d.  a religious event
2.  Earth Day was first celebrated in which year?

a.  1950
b.  1970
c.  1990
d.  2000
3.  Where was the UNESCO Conference in 1969 held?

a.  San Diego
b.  Los Angeles
c.  San Juan Capistrano
d.  San Francisco
4.  Which date was proposed at the UNESCO Conference?

a.  April 16
b.  March 12
c.  March 21
d.  April 22
5.  Earth Day went international in which year?

a.  1950
b.  1970
c.  1990
d.  2000
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