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Earth Day 2011 | Care2 Healthy & Green Living

Earth day was founded in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson, but only after several years in the planning. Frustrated that the environment was a “non-issue” in politics in the 1960s, Senator Nelson flew to Washington, and presented an idea that both the then Attorney General, Robert Kennedy, and then President, John F. Kennedy , both liked. What ensued from that meeting was a “five-day, 11-state conservation tour in September 1963″ by President Kennedy. (The tour took place a mere two months before he was assassinated.) After several years speaking throughout the country on the environmental degradation he saw all around him, and spurred on by “teach-ins”, the anti-Vietnam war protests taking place across the U.S., Nelson finally hit upon his idea – create “a huge grassroots protest over what was happening to our environment[.]” With “neither the time nor resources to organize...

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