“More Than Just a Date on the Calendar:” Obama Marks the Anniversary of Earth Day

Apr 22, 2010 6:39pm

From Sunlen Miller: President Obama marked the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, calling the first Earth Day a “milestone” towards protecting the nation’s environment. “Along the way, Earth Day has become much more than just a date on the calendar,” the president said from the Rose Garden, “It comes with a simple truth that with each challenge comes the opportunity to make the world a better place.” In short remarks delivered in front of members of his “green team” within the administration, members of congress, and environmentalists this evening, the president just briefly mentioned the large task that stands before him:  climate change legislation.
“Together we have also renewed our commitment to passing a comprehensive energy and climate bill that will safeguard our planet, spur innovation and help us to compete in the 21st Century,” Mr. Obama said, “The work ahead will not be easy and it’s not going to happen overnight. It’s going to take some leadership and it’s going to take all of your ideas and it will take all of us coming together in the spirit of Earth Day – not only on Earth Day – but every day to make a clean energy economy and a clean world a reality.” Earlier in the day, the White House released an Earth Day video message in which the president issued a challenge for all Americans to get involved. “As we continue to tackle our environmental challenges, it’s clear that change won’t come from Washington alone. It will come from Americans across the country who take steps in their own homes and communities to make that change happen,” the president said, “I want to leave with you a challenge: I want you to take action in your home or your community, at your school or your business to improve our environment.” First Lady Michelle Obama told a crowd earlier in the day that First Daughter Sasha Obama brought home some energy-efficient light bulbs from school today. “So we’re going to do some bulb replacement,” she said. -Sunlen Miller

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