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Before the Environmental Protection Agency existed, before the Toxic Substances Control Act, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and long before any state had a renewable energy standard on the books, there was Earth Day. It was the precursor — and one of the drivers — for those efforts and much more.
In 1970, the first Earth Day marked the beginning of a new consciousness of the toll human actions were having on the environment.
Together 20 million people from all over the country gathered to protest pollution. The idea for Earth Day originated with Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, who was thinking about how he could harness the energy of the anti-war movement and apply it to another growing problem — cleaning up the environment. He said, “If we could tap into the environmental concerns of the general public and infuse the student anti-war energy into the environmental cause, we could generate a demonstration that would force the issue onto the national political agenda.”
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