Don’t Forget: The First Earth Day Was A Protest, A Revolution

Gas masks were a popular protest prop during the first Earth Day

Today, Earth Day is a relatively innocuous phrase–it inspires, what? A park cleanup, a few speeches here and there, and maybe a hiking event complete with birdwatching and smores. We’ve completely forgotten the militancy of the first Earth Day, and how it was one of the most forceful expressions of democratic voice this country has ever seen.  […]