How the First Earth Day Came About
By Senator Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day
All across the country, evidence of environmental degradation was appearing everywhere, and everyone noticed except the political establishment. The environmental issue simply was not to be found on the nation’s political agenda. The people were concerned, but the politicians were not.
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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.
This is one of a number of stories about hundreds of dolphins stranded or found dead on beaches in the past year -this one from Peru, but they have been found on US shores en masse, too . . .
Mystery surrounds deaths of 877 dolphins washed ashore in PeruBy Marilia Brocchetto, CNNupdated 12:25 PM EDT, Sun April 22, 2012Quijandria said Thursday that 877 dolphins have washed up in a 220-kilometer (137-mile) area from Punta Aguja to Lambayeque, in the north of the country.More than 80% of those dolphins were found in an advanced state of decomposition, making it difficult to study their deaths, according to Andina.( . . . )
The dolphin deaths in Peru are just the latest in a worldwide trend.
In February, 179 dolphins –108 of which were dead — washed ashore in Cape Cod, in eastern United States, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Marine biologists are still trying to determine the cause of those deaths.
(The picture above is Oklahoma last year but there were a number of multiple-vortex tornadoes that ran their destruction across America last spring.)