Celebration Hatched by Former US Senator
WASHINGTON D.C. — In 1993 American Heritage magazine called Earth Day "one of the most remarkable happenings in the history of democracy." Twenty million people participated. And as we approach this anniversary (Thursday, April 22), we thought you might want to find out exactly how Earth Day was born.
The person who hatched the idea was Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. At the time, he was a U.S. Senator. Here’s his account, from a 1998 speech: