Thank you to Senator Gaylord Nelson, who back in 1969 introduced the idea that we should “teach” people about the environment. Of course, he had help, but thanks to his initiative we now have Earth Day every year on April 22. We also witnessed the introduction of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act in the 1970s, and this is largely due to the effort begun by Senator Nelson and his cohorts, Pete McCloskey and Dennis Hayes (http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-history-movement).
The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970. It was a monumental moment for environmentalists everywhere. This historic event actually changed the way a vast majority of Americans think about the environment. Earth Day has become an invaluable tool for educating humans on their environmental impact. Government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and even corporations take part in Earth Day events, helping to promote sustainable living everywhere.
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