Arbor Day, the national tree planting holiday, was first celebrated on April 10, 1872. It is recognized as a day of promoting the importance of trees in the environment and encouraging planting. In 1885, it was moved to April 22 to honor the birthday of its founder, J. Sterling Morton. Today, the official date of National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April. However, the date for each state's Arbor Day may vary depending on planting conditions.
On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated. Today, Earth Day continues to be recognized on the same date. Earth Day's purpose is to raise awareness about such environmental issues as pollution, deforestation, acid rain and hazardous wastes. In addition, Earth Day encourages individuals to make small changes in their own lifestyles that will contribute to the improvement of the environment. Earth Day's first celebration, twenty-two years ago, was brought about through the efforts of Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin.
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