Earth Day was founded by Gaylord Nelson, a former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, in the wake of a massive oil spill that occurred off the coast of Santa Barbara in 1969. Inspired by the Vietnam War protests, Nelson realized there was an opportunity to capitalize on the energy of that movement and force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. He formed a powerful bi-partisan alliance and mobilized 20 million Americans to demonstrate on behalf of the environment on April 22, 1970. The first Earth Day resulted in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts (Earthday.org).
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