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    Earth Day’s Got Nothing on Nyepi

    Make some noise for the Day of Silence. The only place you’ll see this Hindu celebration for the Saka New Year in all its quiet glory is on the island of Bali, Indonesia, but advocates say it has global implications. Known as Nyepi, once a year the shops are shuttered, vehicles are shut off and muted celebrants are shut in, sans electricity, fire or entertainment. Perhaps it’s only a 24-hour gift to Mother Nature, but bringing the Balinese holiday global could push the world closer to sustainable climate change than Earth Day.

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