Celebrating Earth Day

To the editor:

Each year on April 22, we celebrate Earth Day, a day set aside to think about how each of us affects the environment.

Earth Day began as a nationwide, grassroots environmental protest in 1970. Twenty million Americans demonstrated for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies.

A rare political alignment occurred that day in 1970 as the movement brought support from Republicans and Democrats as well as citizens from all walks of life. By the end of that year, the first Earth Day had led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.

More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

As a wholesale power provider to New Ulm Public Utilities, Heartland is committed on Earth Day and every day to protecting our environment. Heartland and New Ulm are public power providers, meaning decisions are made at the local level with the best interests of citizens in mind, including decisions to ensure reliable, affordable power, as well as clean air.

To learn more about what public power means to you and your community, visit hcpd.com/about/public-power.

Russell Olson

Heartland Consumer Power

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