One U.S. senator and a core of young organizers turned April 22, 1970, into the day the environmental movement was born.
On that day, 20 million Americans in 2,000 communities and 10,000 schools planted trees, cleaned up parks, buried cars in mock graves, marched, listened to speeches and protested how humans were messing up their world.
....Earth Day was the brainchild of Sen. Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin Democrat, who came up with the idea of a national teach-in on the environment after 3 million gallons of oil spilled across the beaches of Santa Barbara, Calif., and killed 10,000 seabirds in January 1969.
Nelson's idea gave birth to a green movement and a "green generation" that would be as powerful as the industrial revolution in shaping the future of civilization. - Cleveland.com
Celebrate Senator Nelson's idea today...and everyday.
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