Announcing a new history of environmentalism: Before and After the First Earth Day, 1970
David M. Guion explains the often neglected and forgotten history and prehistory of Earth Day––and its successes and failures 50 years later
Earth Day in 1970 is a watershed moment in environmental history. It succeeded so well that we easily forget that society as a whole has only recently cared about environmental issues.
It failed in some ways, however. Today's environmental polarization came in part from the shrill warnings of prominent Earth Day speakers that the world faced widespread famine and a new ice age. And from modern environmentalists' insistence on harping on new versions of the same failed arguments.
Guion observes, "Most people will not comb through 50-year-old news reports to find out what happened. I have, and I hope my findings can help rescue our environmental debates from partisan talking points."
David M. Guion is a retired academic librarian who served on a university sustainability committee. He is founder and editor of Sustainability Scout (https://sustainabilityscout.com/
Before and After the First Earth Day, 1970 is available in paperback (ISBN 979-8639339127, 164 pages) and Kindle format at https://www.amazon.com/
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