Earth Day: Use it, Don’t Lose It
- Published: Monday, 15 April 2013 11:02
By Mark S. Kuhar
Responding to nationwide ecological concerns, on April 22, 1970, Sen. Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin called for an environmental teach-in, or Earth Day, to be held. More than 20 million people participated that year. Sen. Nelson, an environmental activist, took a leading role in organizing the celebration, hoping to demonstrate popular political support for an environmental agenda. Sen. Nelson selected Denis Hayes, a Harvard University graduate student, as the national coordinator of activities.