On This Day, April 22, 1970 – First Earth Day Celebrated

 1970 – The first “Earth Day” was observed by millions of Americans. 
”What was the purpose of Earth Day? How did it start? These are the questions I am most frequently asked. 

Actually, the idea for Earth Day evolved over a period of seven years starting in 1962. For several years, it had been troubling me that the state of our environment was simply a non-issue in the politics of the country. Finally, in November 1962, an idea occurred to me that was, I thought, a virtual cinch to put the environment into the political “limelight” once and for all. The idea was to persuade President Kennedy to give visibility to this issue by going on a national conservation tour. I flew to Washington to discuss the proposal with Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who liked the idea. So did the President. The President began his five-day, eleven-state conservation tour...

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