Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day 1970

Randall Stephens

Earth Day is 41 years old! The New York Times reminds us that:

Nearly 20 million Americans attended the first Earth Day celebration on April 22, 1970, to this day among the most participatory political actions in the nation's history. In the decades since, Earth Day has spread across the globe with thousands of events in more than 180 countries.

In the beginning, the event influenced environmental politics, triggering such national legislation as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. "Earth Day is a commitment to make life better, not just bigger and faster," the organizers of the first celebration wrote in their manifesto. "It is a day to re-examine the ethic of individual progress at mankind's expense."

Watch part one of a 1970 CBS News report on the first Earth Day:

1 comment:

prasad said...

This Earth day we all have to celebrate together and we also we have to do these things we should not to use of polythene bags, once a week we have not to use our vehicles and plantation. If we can do these things our and our children future will be safe and secure without pollution.