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Earth Day 2010

As Earth Day approaches the students will be focusing on the beauty of Earth and how they can play a part in conserving and sustaining it’s resources.  Our study will start by learning about the history of Earth Day and how it’s beginnings were the result of people from different walks of life coming together for a common goal.

How the First Earth Day Came About

By Senator Gaylord Nelson Founder of Earth Day

At a conference in Seattle in September 1969, I announced that in the spring of 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment and invited everyone to participate. The wire services carried the story from coast to coast. The response was electric. It took off like gangbusters. Telegrams, letters, and telephone inquiries poured in from all across the country. The American people finally had a forum to express its concern about what was happening to the land, rivers, lakes, and air – and they did so with spectacular exuberance. For the next four months, two members of my Senate staff, Linda Billings and John Heritage, managed Earth Day affairs out of my Senate office.
Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level. We had neither the time nor resources to organize 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities that participated. That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day. It organized itself.

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