Earth Day Quick Facts
Earth Day Network works with
22,000 partners in 192 countries and more than 1 billion people participate. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Passage of the Clean Water
Act, Clean Air Act and Endangered Species Act grew out of the environmental movement. In California, nearly 22 billion California Refund Value (CRV)- eligible containers were sold in 2009. Of those, more than 17 billion were recycled! And the nearly 4 billion that ended up in landfills? You could use them to fill every lane of the entire 770-mile length of Interstate 5...almost a foot deep.Glass bottles spend 1 million years waiting around to decompose in land fills.
Best Place to View California's
State Flower — Antelope Valley
California Poppy Reserve
Best View of the World in the
United States Mount Diablo
State Park. The summit—3,849'
—offers a sweeping panorama.
That's more of the earth's surface than can be seen from any other peak in the world, except Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa.
First, let me say I am honored to serve you and am grateful you elected me to the state Senate to replace Sen. Jenny Oropeza. California is a better place because of her dedication and service.
Second, you will find in this issue links to information on Earth Day. Future editions will include the latest news from your state Capitol, pending legislation and an insider’s view of what I am doing to help the most important person in my district: You.
Your calls, letters and e-mails keep me and my staff informed of your opinions on legislation and related state issues. Got an idea for a new law? Let me hear it. Have a beef with a state agency? I want to know. My staff and I are here to help with your problems, listen to your suggestions and consider your views. You may contact us either at the number or address below; or you may submit comments at www.sen.ca.gov/lieu.
Ted W. Lieu
28th Senate District
Earth Day Celebrates its 41st Anniversary
On April 22, 1970, US Senator Gaylord Nelson founded the first Earth Day to raise environmental awareness after he witnessed the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. He asked California Congressman Pete McCloskey to serve as co-chair and together they created a national "teach-in" on the environment. Earth Day has developed into an annual celebration of the environment when we promote ideas of ecology, encourage respect for the earth, and highlight the growing concerns over pollution.
First celebrated only in the United States, Earth Day began with 20 million participants on college campuses, at town halls and in large events across the country; now 192 nations participate. This year marks the 41st anniversary of Earth Day and the California State Parks are celebrating
on Saturday, April 16 with events across the state. Earth Day
habitat and trail restoration, tree and shrub planting and environmental improvements programs are available for participants of all ages. For information on the State Parks Foundation's 2011 Earth Day programs and locations, click here.
Earth Day events in Senate District 28
Please consider attending an Earth Day event in your community.