Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
All About Earth Day

Senator Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day

Earth Day Online

Environmental Protection Agency

Earth Day history


Read More About It

"Earth Day" by David Marx

"Earth Day" by Amy Margaret

"The Official Earth Day Guide to Planet Repair" by Denis Hayes

"Let's Celebrate Earth Day" by Connie Roop


Vocabulary:

movement
achievements
endangered
toxic


Interesting Fact:

The anti-Vietnam War demonstrations helped to give Nelson the concept of promoting Earth Day as a large protest against the condition of the environment.


Study Questions:

  • When did Nelson first begin promoting the idea of Earth Day?
  • Why was Nelson so concerned about the environment?
  • Explain how Earth Day has been successful, how it has failed.


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Earth Day:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on April 22:

    1889: The Oklahoma land rush begins as thousands of homesteaders rush to stake claims.



  • April 22

    April 22, 1970: The first earth day was celebrated. Founded by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day was created to focus on environmental concerns and problems. The Earth Day environmental movement brought about such achievements as the Clean Air Act, Federal Water Pollution Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Toxic Substances Control Act.


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