Expert: Earth Day is turning 50. Here’s what the first one was like in 1970

BUFFALO, N.Y. — In spring of 1970, millions of people across the United States took part in over 12,000 events to mark the first Earth Day, heeding the call of a senator from Wisconsin who felt that pollution and development were out of control and needed to be checked.

It was a sign of the times that so many Americans in so many different places cared: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not yet exist. Gasoline contained lead. Skies over Birmingham, Alabama, were often brown, and smog clouded the streets of Los Angeles, California. In Cleveland, Ohio, the Cuyahoga River was so polluted that it burned in 1969, with flames lighting up an oil slick on its surface...

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