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April 24, 2015
For Earth Day, April 22, 2015
For Earth Day, Shreenivasan Manievannan released a video, The Untouched. The project has been endorsed by both the International Dark Sky Association and the Earth Day Network. Manievannan said the “film is a self-project I’ve been working on for the past two years across different national and state parks in the country. The primary vision of the video is to showcase the untouched beauty of few of our national/state parks across the U.S. and to create awareness about conserving natural resources of our planet, including the ever-reducing dark skies.”

Earth Day . . . 1970

Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson is widely credited with suggesting the first Earth Day on April 22. It was a movement whose time had come, and Nelson wasn’t alone in 1970 in suggesting a grassroots demonstration aimed at protecting the environment. San Francisco activist John McConnell also asked Americans to join in a demonstration in 1970, and McConnell chose the spring equinox (March 21, 1970) as his date. Today, you can find Earth Day events on both the spring equinox and April 22.

New Jobs in Manufacturing
Since the end of 2010, U.S. manufacturers have added more than 730,000 jobs, and industry analysts predict that the sector could see as many as three million new job openings over the next 10 years. A new report by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute finds that American manufacturers could face a deficit of as many as 2 million workers over the next decade, fueled in part by industry expansion but also by the looming retirement of the Baby Boomers. These jobs are both highly skilled and well paid. "Nearly all of the jobs that were unskilled or semi-skilled have either been automated out of existence or moved offshore in search of cheaper labor," says the Manufacturing Institute's Gardner Carrick. Today's factory jobs, he says, are focused on "operating, maintaining or programming the machines that are doing a lot of the actual manual labor and hard work that used to be done by human beings."
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