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April 10, 2002

CSUS celebrates Earth Day and clean energy

While the earth blooms with the flowers of spring, Earth Day at California State University, Sacramento blooms with activities. The fourth annual Earth Day celebration takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 20, at the CSUS Main Quad.

An estimated 10,000 people are expected to attend the CSUS event. More than 150 educational booths and displays will be set up to promote energy awareness, environmental education and conservation focusing on clean energy.

The free, daylong event also features environmental displays, live music concerts by Akimbo and Congo Aye-Yea, hands-on children activities, organic farming classes, a wildlife education stage and ongoing demonstrations of yoga, tai chi and meditation and more.

Since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated throughout the world on or around April 22. Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, a former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, proposed the first nationwide environmental protest "to shake up the political establishment and force environmental issue onto the national agenda. It was a gamble," he says, "but it worked."

At the first Earth Day in 1970, about 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment. And it worked. The organizers credited the first Earth Day with leading to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species acts. Nelson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest honor given to civilians in the United States - for his role as Earth Day founder.

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