This year’s Earth Day — the 50th anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement — will be a quiet one. By 1990, Earth Day had gone global, mobilizing millions of people in more than 140 countries to take up environmental issues and turn them into a worldwide movement.
“Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level. We had neither the time nor resources to organize 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities that participated. That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day. It organized itself.”– Gaylord Nelson, Founder, Earth Day