Building for Power

The first Earth Day took place in 1970, mobilizing more than 20 million people around the United States to demand action to protect the environment. Back then, the day was a series of protests, activism, and teach-ins with a more radical bent than the sanitized and corporatized versions we often see today. It was born out of—and further propelled—an increasing awareness of the breadth and depth of pollution and ecological degradation pervading the country. Thanks in part to this organizing, the federal government soon created the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and passed landmark environmental protection bills that, although far from sufficient, serve as bulwarks to this day.

Read the full article in the March/April 2023 issue of Democratic Left.