Earth Day made the environment a voting issue.
Despite heavy lobbying by industry, months after the first Earth Day, a strong new version of the Clean Air Act passed the Senate unanimously and the House by a voice vote.
President Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency by executive order.
Congress enacted the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act. More environmental legislation was passed in the decade that followed
than at any other time in U.S. history.
Now Earth Day is celebrated around the world, reminding us that we need to care for the earth that sustains us. Our future depends upon it.
In the words of Gaylord Nelson, "Are we able to meet the challenge? Yes. Are we willing? that is the unanswered question."
Find out how you can do your part at the Earth Day Network.