Environment: The Dawning of Earth Day

Seven months ago, Wisconsin's Senator Gaylord Nelson casually suggested that all Americans set aside April 22 as a day for serious discussion of environmental problems. Since then, even he has been surprised by the response to the idea. "It is nothing short of incredible," says Nelson, noting that 1,500 college campuses and 10,000 schools were scheduled to participate in this week's nationwide teach-in.

Most plans for the observance of Earth Day (as April 22 was designated by ecology action groups) contrasted sharply with youth's fiercely militant stands against the war in Viet Nam, poverty...

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