Earth Day Gifts / February 23, 2019 / Gladys Hayden
Wanting the U.S. government to take an active role in environmental concerns Nelson presented the idea for a national conservationist tour to President Kennedy who supported the idea. While President Kennedy s tour did not turn environmental issues into mainstream conversations it was a beginning in changing America s role in environmental issues. Nelson was inspired by college campuses widespread Vietnam protests or teach-ins. He thought a nationwide conservationist teach-in would get more Americans involved in environmental issues. Nelson presented his Earth Day idea to other government officials and news organizations.
The proclamation also stated that participants would celebrate an international Earth Day to create a single community and embrace Earth s gifts. The proclamation was endorsed by well-known people and leaders around the world: astronaut Buzz Aldrin anthropologist Margaret Mead inventor-scientist Buckminister Fuller Japanese environmental scientist Y. Fukushima American senators U.N. President S.O. Adebo and UN Secretary-General Thant. In April of 1970 the world celebrated another Earth Day event. The April 22nd event also began as a way to spread awareness of environmental issues. American Senator and conservationist Gaylord Nelson had actively toured the U.S. in the mid 1960 s with an environmental awareness agenda.
In 1970 Earth Day was the hip idea of a New Age flower culture but by 1990 Earth Day went global uniting 141 countries in making environmental issues a central focus (concern). The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Earth Day broadens the base of support for environmental programs rekindles public commitment and builds community activism around the world celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds faiths and nationalities. Earth Day is a nurturing holiday that builds and expands organizations communities and networks.