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Did you organize your 6th grade class to clean up the trash in Van Cordlandt Park in 1970, around (but I don’t believe exactly on) the original Earth Day?


April 22, 1970: Earth Day is Created

On this day in 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson accomplished his goal of creating Earth Day, a day dedicated to increasing awareness of environmental issues. 

During the first Earth Day, Senator Nelson spoke to the Denver public and said: 

Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty. The objective is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human being and all living creatures.

Today, the American public will perform an array of actions to help our environment, whether it’s through cleaning up local neighborhoods or promoting environmental protection.

Celebrate Earth Day with this exclusive PBS’ Our Planet collection!

Image: Cleanup Along Bank of Chattahoochee River, 1972 (National Archives).

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