Big Celebration Planned for Earth Day's 40th Anniversary

Climate Change and the environment has taken a back-seat to other domestic issues like health care and the economy in President Obama's first year in office, but that's not stopping a group of dedicated young people from trying to grab Washington's attention.

On "Washington Unplugged" Tuesday, Earth Day Network's Campaign Director Nate Byer spoke with CBS News' Nancy Cordes and Kaylee Hartung about the importance of tackling this issue, "Now is the time for people to come together. We've got a great young team here."

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Earth Day Network, the organization that coordinates all events for Earth Day, is holding a Climate Rally on the National Mall in Washington on Sunday, April 25th, with performances by Sting, John Legend, The Roots and many more.

And they hope to make a big statement with this year's events. According to Byer, "We wan to make Earth Day a State of the Union for the environment."

Watch the Earth Day Network's Nate Byer with Nancy Cordes and Kaylee Hartung above, also featuring CBS News National Security Analyst Juan Zarate on the Nuclear Summit and Politico's Jonathan Allen on the Senate's return from recess.

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