Earth Day commemorated, April 22, 1970
The first Earth Day events took place on April 22, 1970, as Americans picked up trash, planted trees,
walked to work, and participated in panels on pollution and other environmental threats. A United Press
International article in The Burlington Hawk-Eye of Burlington, Iowa, reported on the scope of interest in the
“Iowans from all walks of life are stopping today to look at what can happen to an environment when
pollution is left uncontrolled.
“Today is Earth Day, and from the amount of publicity given the event and the number of communities
holding Earth Day celebrations, few people will toss litter or pollute today without at least thinking about what
they are doing.”
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The author of a letter to the editor in the April 1, 1970, Hutchinson News of Hutchinson, Kansas, saw
sinister political forces behind the Earth Day concept. April 22 Lenin Birthday
Student reporters from one Montana high school wrote about their Earth Day experiences in an April 23, 1970,
article in The Daily Inter Lake of Kalispell, Mont. Speakers Stress Man’s Role