Christina Pazzanese

Earth Day 1970
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How Earth Day gave birth to environmental movement

Denis Hayes, one of the event's founders, recalls the first and how its influence spread.

Denis Hayes was a 25-year-old student at Harvard Kennedy School in 1969 but dropped out after a semester to become a principal organizer of a grass-roots nonprofit that planned a nationwide rally on April 22, 1970, an event they would call Earth Day.

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