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Rep. John Lewis Celebrates 45th Anniversary of Earth Day

April 22, 2015
Press Release

            This year, we celebrate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, a reminder that we all have a responsibility to protect the environment. The Earth Day Network reaches over 25,000 organizations worldwide, and today more than one billion people in 192 countries will participate in community cleanups, educational events and other grassroots activities related to Earth Day.

            The theme of this year’s Earth Day is “It’s Our Turn to Lead,” which seeks to redefine what progress looks in the quest for environmental justice and a sustainable future. 

            “This year on Earth Day each of us needs to recommit ourselves to stand up for the environment,” said Rep. John Lewis. “This is a call for greater leadership in the fight for environmental justice to defend the causes of human rights, animal rights, conservation and preservation involved in protecting our right to clean air, water, and food.  There is no need for economic growth to be at odds with sustainable development.  This Earth is not ours to hoard and waste.  It is our duty and our responsibility, as individuals, communities and as corporate citizens, to leave this world a little cleaner and a little greener for generations yet unborn.

            "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said that our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.  This year the Earth Day Network is challenging us to stand up for the truth about climate change, to challenge corporate partners to create sustainable solutions, and to make a difference in our homes, our communities, and our societies to help build a green future for us all."