Earth Day 2012: Celebrate and Participate

of 83Photo
  • 042012 national earth day 2
  • 042012 national earth day 6
  • 042012 national earth day 5
  • 042012 national earth day 4
  • 042012 national earth day 3
  • 042012 national earth day 1
  • 110111 fall winter gardening tips 2
  • 010412 national martin luther king day of service landscaping

Who Created Earth Day?

Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin) created the concept in 1969 as an environmental teach-in and chose the April 22 date to maximize the participation of students on college campuses. He came up with the idea after what he viewed as an inadequate political response to an oil spill in California that had occurred the year before. The first Earth Day took place in 1970 and was organized by Denis Hayes, who at the time was a graduate student at Harvard University. He is considered a leader in environmental and energy policy.

 

(Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images) 

More Photo Galleries