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U.S. And 175 Nations Celebrate Earth Day in Many Ways

The U.S. and 175 nations have gathered to celebrate Earth Day. This year marks the 21 annual appreciation day for our planet. Many festivities and activities are well underway in communities to clean up and preserve the Earth. People of all ages are banding for large and scale celebrations geared at increasing awareness and gratitude for Earth's natural environment.

Earth Day was founded U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson who held an environmental teach in on April 22, 1970. An international organization led by Denis Hayes, the original Earth Day national coordinator, followed suit with it's focus strictly within the U.S. from its inception until 1990. Both efforts are now involved in a global Earth Day Network involving 175 countries world wide, including recognition from the United Nations which designated April 22 as International Mother Earth Day during 2009.

An Earth Day Anthem, set to the tune of "Ode To Joy" is often a key component of many Earth Day celebrations. The Earth Day Anthem states:
"Joyful joyful we adore our Earth in all its wonderment
Simple gifts of nature that all join into a paradise
Now we must resolve to protect her
Show her our love through out all time
With our gentle hands and touch
We make our home a newborn world
Now we must resolve to protect her
Show her our love through out all time
With our gentle hand and touch
We make our home a newborn world."

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