Celebrate Earth Day!

Published Monday, April 15, 2024

The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 when U. S. Senator Gaylord Nelson organized a national rally to raise awareness about environmental issues. Up to this point, Americans remained fairly oblivious to the environmental damage cause by highly inefficient, lead gas guzzling cars, and the smoke and sludge produced by industry.
Senator Nelson was inspired by the student anti-war movement and wanted to harness that energy and passion to educate the public on environmental issues. His idea was to have teach-ins on campuses across the nation, knowing the media would cover such a wide spread event.
Senator Nelson recruited Denis Hayes, a young activist, to organize the campus teach-ins and to sell the idea to a broader public. They choose April 22, a weekday falling between spring break and final exams, to maximize the greatest student participation. It is estimated that more that 20 million Americans gathered on college campuses and in city squares to celebrate the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970.
By 1980, the United States had passed substantial environmental legislation, including The Endangered Species Act, The Clear Air Act, and the Clean Water Act and had established the Environmental Protection Agency.
- Sally

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About the Author

Sally has been working at EPL since 2015. More often than not, you can find her downstairs in the Youth Library, but she makes guest appearances upstairs! Sally has worked for years in the field of social work and guidance counseling, but has always dreamed of working in a library. Dreams do come true!