Stories tagged Gaylord Nelson

Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear, Earth Day. Happy birthday to you!
Stop it!: You are making Earth blush.
Stop it!: You are making Earth blush.Courtesy NASA

Today Earth Day turns 41 years young. Earth day was born in Wisconsin to loving "father" Senator Gaylord Nelson on Wednesday, April 22, 1970. Twenty million Americans left school and work to welcome Earth Day into the world and to protest the country's lack of environmental policy.

As a result, in December of 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established, and the 70s and 80s saw the birth of dozens of important environmental policies like the Clear Air and Water Acts.

If you want to learn more about Earth Day, check out the EPA's Earth Day page or this manuscript by Gaylord Nelson himself.

Gaylord Nelson: OG Earthdude.
Gaylord Nelson: OG Earthdude.Courtesy Library of Congress
So, you know, get natural!

Pull that mattress out of your yard! Stop flushing batteries down the toilet! Surprise your parents by having them come home to a brand new green roof! Buy some lead-free ammunition! Make your own soap out of fat rendered from things you find on the riverbank! Instead of watching TV tonight, turn off all the lights in your house, and chase your dog around in the dark! Practice photosynthesizing sugars from carbon dioxide! Offer to carry any motorcycle-riding neighbors around on your back, while you make "vroom-vroom" noises! Add a candle to your Gaylord shrine!

Earth Day is for everyone!


Earth flag
Earth flagCourtesy Dcoetzee

Why Earth Day is April 22

More than one billion people are expected to mark Earth Day today, April 22, 2009. Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day in 1970, Patterned after that anti-Vietnam movement, he chose April 22 to maximize student participation.

Earth Day's purpose

During an address at the University of Wisconsin, Nelson summed up the purpose of Earth Day this way:

"Our goal is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human creatures and for all living creatures…. The battle to restore a proper relationship between man and his environment, between man and other living creatures will require a long, sustained, political, moral, ethical and financial commitment, far beyond any effort made before." Wired

Some Earth Day ideas from our Buzz blog

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