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Consumers who switch from printed statements to e-statements, drive a hybrid automobile or insulate their homes are helping to reduce their carbon footprint on the planet. And a growing number of credit unions are doing their part as well by taking their own conservation steps, offering “green” loans and staging other activities that have a special significance on Earth Day.

Gaylord Nelson, a Democratic U.S. Senator and governor of Wisconsin, launched the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 to build greater public awareness about water and air pollution. Nelson died in 2005, but Earth Day has since become a worldwide phenomenon and is considered the event that launched the modern day environmental movement.

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