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What is Earth Day?

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Earth Day is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide, with more than 175 countries and 1 billion people commemorating the day each year.

Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970, as the result of partnership between then U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson and Congressman Pete McCloskey. Events were held coast to coast as Americans came together to highlight the need for a sustainable environment. In 1990, Earth Day went global, boosting recycling efforts throughout the world. Since then, many organizations, countries, government sources and even celebrities have contributed to the efforts in support of Earth Day activities.
Here on Peterson Air Force Base, a number of activities have been organized to bring Airmen and community members together to celebrate an ongoing tradition of sustainability and a "green" attitude for our environment.

Pick one event, or visit all, and come help Team Pete celebrate Earth Day 2011:
  • Road Cleanup: help clean up trash along Powers Boulevard, Peterson Boulevard and Marksheffel Road. 10 a.m.-noon, April 22.
  • Arbor Day Tree Planting: Tree planting at 9 a.m. April 22 at the R.P. Lee Youth Center.
  • Fun Run: supporting Sexual Assault Awareness and Earth Day, 5K and 10K. Starts behind the Bowling Alley, at 11: 30 a.m., sign up at the gym or the day of the run, April 22.
  • Environmental Awareness Booth: an environmental booth will be set up outside the Peterson Base Exchange exit from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., April 22. We will be handing out energy and recycling information and samples of recycled materials.
  • Earth Day Poster Contest: the children from the R.P. Lee Youth Center will be preparing posters to celebrate Earth Day. The posters will be judged and prizes awarded. 2-3 p.m., April 22.
  • For further information or if you would like to volunteer for any of the events, contact Phil Chase at 556-7707.
  • Visit to learn more about Earth Day and events going on around the world.

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