Mark it in red on your calendar: April 22 is Earth Day, the most revered observance of the secular year. Or not so secular - environmentalism is a high-gear crusade with the ritual and doctrine of a religion.
The environmental congregation - and its "holy see," the Environmental Protection Agency - pay intense attention to propagation of the faith. Take, for instance, the campaign to create eco-kids.
Thirty states now mandate environmental studies in primary and secondary schools (state legislators are as trendy as national pols). What often happens is that true-believing and superficially informed teachers scare the tadpoles out of their rompers by preaching end-of-the-planet tales as gospel.
A Colorado 7-year-old, the Washington Times recently reported, was …