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Gearing up for Earth Day: Pledge an Act of Green

April 18, 2011

For 40 years, Earth Day has been not only a celebration, but a mobilization of millions of people to act on behalf of the environment. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, and launched a modern environmental movement. New environmental legislation and awareness soon followed, and now the Earth Day Network collaborates with more than 22,000 partners in 192 countries. Earth Day Network chose “A Billion Acts of Green” as the theme for Earth Day 2011 and the largest environmental service campaign in the world.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry is known for its protection of the state’s agriculture, specifically the plant and apiary industries. However, DPI also protects Florida’s environment. From developing new methods for biological control of invasive pests to regulating the honey bee industry, and from surveying for noxious weeds and plant diseases to inspecting the state’s nurseries, DPI is on the forefront of protecting Florida’s environment.

The Earth Day Network is challenging global citizens to pledge an act of green for Earth Day. This can be something as simple as recycling, or even getting involved with what DPI is doing to keep Florida green. Check out this blog throughout the week to learn ways you can pledge an act of green in partnership with DPI programs.

Learn more about Earth Day at http://www.earthday.org

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