Now that Earth Day 2011 has come and gone, did anyone really notice? And did the forty-first annual celebration of all things environmental have any real political impact? Has it had any political impact in, let's say, several decades? I'm aware that on, or around, Earth Day, individuals of all political stripes helped clean beaches and parks, planted trees and created community gardens, and held forums on a bevy of environmental issues; all laudable endeavors. At the same time, eco-preneurs were hawking their "eco-friendly" products to Americans who actually want to do right by the environment.
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