Heroes of Sustainability: Denis Hayes


Now the world’s most widely observed secular holiday, Earth Day started back in 1970 as the brainchild of then-Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson, who was moved to action by a huge oil spill in California in 1969. Hoping to model the environmental movement after the student anti-war movement, Nelson chose the young Denis Hayes, in his mid-20s at the time, to spearhead the Earth Day campaign.

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  1. We remember the celebrating the first one. The trees planted that day on the campus of NIU are now part of a lovely park. We had no idea that Earth Day would become the worldwide celebration it is today. It affected us, and how we wanted to live, the rest of our lives.

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