Earth and Trees.
On April 22, 1970, after seeing how ineffectual his government was at handling a disastrous oil spill off the California coast, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day saying, 'I am convinced that all we need to do to bring an overwhelming insistence of the new generation that we stem the tide of environmental disaster is to present the facts clearly and dramatically. To marshal such an effort, I am proposing a national teach-in on the crisis of the environment to be held next spring on every university campus across the Nation. The crisis is so imminent, in my opinion, that every university should set aside 1 day in the school year-the same day across the Nation-for the teach-in.'
It is now 41 years later, two generations further along and the world's richest nations and it's worst polluters are still hemming and hawing over the finer points of greenhouse emissions while the problems ever worsen.