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Transcript of Earth Day
Although not entirely credited inito contributing for Earth Day, Rachael Carson's 1962 New York Times bestseller Silent Spring represented a watershed moment for the modern environmental movement, awareness, and concern for living organisms and the environment.
At about the same time that Nelson was having his brainstorm about an environmental teach-in to be called Earth Day, a man named John McConnell was coming up with a similar notion, but on a global scale. While attending a conference on the environment in 1969, McConnell proposed the idea of a global holiday called Earth Day, an annual observance to remind people worldwide of their shared responsibility as environmental stewards and their common need to preserve Earth's natural resources. The 12 Days of Earth Week Pictures What is Earth Day? "Earth Day is a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. Earth day was a day founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970." How Earth Day came to be! In the early 1960s a vocal group of scientist and environmentalists became increasingly concerned about environmental issues like pesticides, sewage, and industrial pollutants that were poisoning the air and water, hurting the Earth. During this time, Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin was also becoming concerned about the state of the Earth and about other's lack of care. Concern For the very first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, 20 million people gathered across the country showing support for the environment. In only New York City, 10,000 people gathered for concerts, lectures, and rallies. Ongoing anti-war protests were switched to pro-Earth celebrations in over 2,000 colleges and universities. Earth Day helped put environmental issues on the politics' charts and helped launch environmental movements in the U.S. The First Earth Day Earth Day became a global event in 1990. Major displays of environmental support were made by 200,000,000 people around the world. In France, a 500 mile human chain was made. Global In 2000, Earth Day reached the internet through e-mails and live web events. Earth Day helped start many organizations like the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, to monitor and safeguard the health of the nation's air and water. The Endangered Species Act of 1973 protected threatened animals around the world. Internet Earth Day helped people all around the world to begin recycling and conserving water and energy. Despite the improvements, more work still needs to be done and people should treat the Earth well as if everyday is Earth Day. Currently In 1963, he convinced the current president, President John F. Kennedy, to go on a 11 state long conservation tour, but this was not enough to cause any change. Senator Nelson continued to support the cause by speaking about it around the country. When he saw the popularity of "teach-ins" against the Vietnam War he copied the idea and created his own variation of them about environmental awareness. He proceeded to recruit Denis Hayes to coordinate the events that the idea of Earth Day came from. Idea Thanks For Watching