Gaylord Nelson

Brief history of the Day of the Earth The 22 of April of 1970, twenty million Americans, encouraged by the senator Gaylord Nelson, founder of the Day of the Earth, took the streets, parks and audiences to make demonstrations by a healthful and viable environment. Denis Hayes, the national coordinator, and its personnel organized massive protests of coast to coast. Thousand of schools and universities they organized protests against the deterioration of the surroundings. Groups that were been fighting against spills of petroleum, polluting agents of factories, electrical plants, black waters, toxic wastes, pesticides, freeways, and the loss and extinction of the wild life suddenly gave account that had values common. The Day of the Earth obtained unusual a political alignment, telling that to the support of republicans and democrats, of rich and poor, farmers and people who live in the city, of leaders, workers and tycoons.

The first Day of the Earth also served as inspiration for the creation of the Protective Agency of the Atmosphere of the United States (EPA). Nelson senator, was awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom the highest given honor to civilians in the United States by its work in the foundation of the Day of the Earth. As 1990 approached, a group of environmentalist leaders requested to Denis Hayes to him who organized another great campaign. This time the Day of the Earth was global, mobilizing to 200 million people in 141 countries and raising estatus of the environmental problems to world-wide level. The Day of the Earth in 1990 gave a great stimulus him to the efforts of recycling to world-wide level and helped to lay way for the Earth Summit of the United Nations in Rio de Janeiro. Today 35 years are marked from that first Day of the Earth, and the actions to stop the destruction of the planet and to give a healthful world to the future generations, become urgent. Direction to realise the test of the ecological track Writing by Martha Goyeneche Guevara ECOESTRATEGIA Original author and source of the article

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