During the Month of April the Daufuskie Island Conservancy will post
weekly “Green Tips and Facts” in honor of Earth Day (on April 22).
Please join us on our blog http://www.daufuskieislandconservancy.org/blog/
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“Earth Day Started As A Protest”
Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from
Wisconsin, proposed the first nationwide environmental protest “to
shake up the political establishment and force this issue onto the
At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8
sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of
legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted
as the smell of prosperity. Environment was a word that appeared
more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.
Earth Day 1970 turned that all around.
On April 22 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks,
and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable
environment. Thousands of colleges and universities organized
protests against the deterioration of the environment.
In 1990 Earth Day went global. Over 20 million people in 141
countries lifted the status of environmental issues to the world
stage. Earth Day 1990 gave a huge boost to recycling efforts
Today, Earth Day events occur all across the globe. These events are
meant to inspire not only the countries they are held in, but also
people all over the world.