Why We Celebrate Earth Day

Reader Contribution by Victoria Pitcher
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On April 22, we celebrate our Mother Earth.

But we also celebrate what many consider the birth of the environmental movement. A massive rally on this day in 1970 brought 20 million Americans together to fight industry pollution, toxic dumping, pesticides and the countless mindless acts negatively impacting our environment. Today we call this event Earth Day.

The original event spawned the Environmental Protection Agency as well as the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species acts. Earth Day continues to inspire people to make a change to better our planet.

This Earth Day check out PBS’s Earth Day programming on Sunday, April 21 and Sunday, April 28. Listed below are the featured informational and inspiring documentaries focused on current environmental and social issues we face today.

Check your local listings for show times.

Play Again

Sunday, April 21 and Sunday, April 28

Children now spend more time in front of a screen than they do outdoors. Watch what happens when six teenagers are removed from the comfort of their technology and placed in the wilderness.

Water Pressures

Sunday, April 21

1.2 billion people worldwide lack access to clean water. This documentary takes a close look at the cooperation of students and faculty from Northwestern University and the residents of a village in Rajasthan, India working to find a solution to the water crisis in Thar Desert.

Nature of Cities

Sunday, April 28

This documentary explores cities around the world that are creating a more sustainable environment through their people and projects. These cities are trying to reconnect people to nature even as the world continues to urbanize. 

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Victoria Pitcher is an Online Editorial Assistant at Ogden Publications, the parent company of MOTHER EARTH NEWS. Find her on Google+.

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