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First event look back – CBS New York


(CBS New York) – The first Earth Day happened 51 years ago. In 1970, Richard Nixon was the president. The country was embroiled in the Vietnam War, made even more fierce by the ongoing Cold War with the Soviet Union. The Kansas City captain beat the Vikings Minnesota to win the Super Bowl IV championship. Smoking ads are still allowed on TV. Cost of gasoline $ 0.36 per gallon.

More than two-thirds of all Americans alive today are yet to be born.

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CBS News correspondent Walter Cronkite described Earth Day as “a day dedicated to consolidating all citizens of a rich nation into one common goal of saving lives from dead bio-products. the bounty person. ”

Protests have taken place across the country with mixed results. While groups of over 2,000 universities, 10,000 schools, and 2,000 communities have planned activities, the actual attendance varies. And the results are not always hoped for.

Organizers in Boston are expected to have thousands, but only a few hundred will show up. The students made a “dead in” picture, complete with the coffin, to point out the dangers of aircraft pollution. But even the small, peaceful protests at Logan Airport led to disorder. The police charged the crowd while they were fleeing, carrying out 13 arrests.

New York saw a much larger turnout of voters, with Fifth Avenue closed for two hours. Union Square welcomed thousands of people to an Earth Day rally where people watched the exhibits and helped with cleaning. Each area proved to be a short oasis away from the busy and polluted city.

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A smaller crowd than expected with more than 4,000 people attended a rally in the Loop in Chicago. There, they heard singing and speeches recommending the removal of the internal combustion engine.

Universities across the West held events in honor of the First Earth Day. Stanford University, south of San Francisco, California, hosted an eco fair, with demonstrations showing the dangers of auto emissions and how to recycle waste products. A small crowd at UCLA listens to children singing about dangers. High school students cycle to Colorado’s capital city in Denver to prove that unnecessary travel is polluting the air. Then, they proceeded to pick up trash in the campus.

The protesters certainly seemed to believe its cause and urgency. With a continued need for a day to support the environment, it is not clear how far their message has spread. “It does not unite,” according to Cronkite. “The protesters were mostly young, mostly white people, mainly anti-Nixon. Often its protests are frivolous, and those who protest curiously carefree ”.

The main problems during Earth Day were pollution and recycling. Today climate change is the title. While the movement has evolved over the decades – annual events that involve more than a billion people globally – there is also a demand for it. Look beyond the extreme weather phenomena that often devastate different parts of the country.

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That first Earth Day overarching message continues to reach more and more people. The planet is a finite resource. And if people use it up, it will become an indestructible for generations to come. The question is: do we act at the right time?

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