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Earth Day Begins



Earth Day Begins
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.9

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     challenging words:    environment, died, government, itself, large, start, group, idea, land, people, meet, other, each, upset, being, loud
     content words:    Earth Day, Senator Gaylord Nelson, Senator Nelson, President John F., President Kennedy, Presidential Medal


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Earth Day Begins
By Jody Williams
  

1     How did Earth Day start? Senator Gaylord Nelson was asked that a lot. Senator Nelson was worried about our Earth. He was upset with the government. He believed that they did not care. In 1962, Senator Nelson met with President John F. Kennedy. He talked President Kennedy into traveling around the U.S. He wanted the president to tell people what was happening to our Earth.
 
2     Senator Nelson spoke to groups of people too. He told people how the Earth was being hurt. The people told him that they were worried. The problem was that the government was not. In 1969, Senator Nelson got the idea for Earth Day. He was out West. He saw how angry young people were about the war. He told them about the environment.

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