On April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest the degradation of our environment and the widespread pollution caused by man.
Now, at 48, Earth Day is well into middle age. While we as a society are more aware of the negative effects that mankind continues to inflict on our fragile ecosystem, Earth Day—like a middle-aged person—has become a little set in its ways, lacking in the energy that once led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act, among other milestones.
So we here at the Gazette-Journal are turning over this page to the next generation in the hope that its members might infuse some youthful energy into Earth Day.
These essays and drawings are by students at Thomas Hunter Middle School. ...
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