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Earth Day: A Look Back At The First Event

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CBS News correspondent Walter Cronkite described that first Earth Day as “a day dedicated to enlisting all the citizens of a bountiful country in a common cause of saving life from the deadly biproduct of that bounty.”

Demonstrations took place across the country with mixed results. Union Square welcomed thousands of people to an Earth Day rally where people saw exhibits and helped clean up. “Demonstrators were predominately young, predominately white, predominately anti-Nixon. Often its protests appeared frivolous, its protestors curiously carefree.”

The major issues on that first Earth Day were pollution and recycling.

The overarching message of that first Earth Day continues to reach more and more people.

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