Earth Day in D.C. gets drenching of welcome rain

Earth Day events were held around the globe Sunday, including in Washington. Inclement weather kept away all but the most-dedicated environmentalists.

Months of near-drought conditions gave way to steady rain that drenched the nation’s capital and the grassy open mall near the Washington Monument, where small groups of people huddled under tents and umbrellas while bands played on a covered stage.

Advocacy groups and ecologically friendly product vendors manned booths and beckoned passers-by to stop in.

David Dolnick, marketing manager for California-based SolarCity, said of electricity “We are trying to offset energy and try to get people as off the grid as possible. We cannot get you entirely off the grid, but we would like to take the power of the sun and turn that into energy.”

President Barack Obama has touted green, environmentally-friendly energy production as an industry the United States should foster and promote.

Earth day began in the United States in the 1970s and has since spread worldwide.

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