Where Were You? Earth Day 1970

Did you know that April 22, 2020 will mark the 50th International Earth Day? The first Earth Day in 1970 started with a big idea: nation-wide teach-ins on the environment to drive national policy action. The result? This pivotal moment led to the passage of landmark environmental laws in the United States, including the Clean Air, Clear Water and Endangered Species Acts. By the end of 1970, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established. It was a monumental day -- and year -- for environmental protection. It is now 50 years later, and we are curious -- where were you on the very first Earth Day, in 1970? Do you remember what it felt like to participate in a teach-in? Were you one of the 20 million Americans that took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to call for environmental action? Whatever your Earth Day story is, we want to hear from you. How has your perspective changed over the past half century? Tell us anything you remember -- from detailed stories and experiences to sounds, images, and distant memories. These stories will help us celebrate how far we've come, and acknowledge how far we still need to go, to protect our environment. We will share your stories as part of a series of events during Earth Month at Wake Forest (March 22 - April 22, 2020).
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