On Sunday, November 30, 1969 the New York Times carried a lengthy article by Gladwin Hill reporting on the rising hysteria of “global cooling”.
Five months later on April 22 the first Earth Day was reconized to bring awareness to the fact that humans were causing the earth to cool and we were headed for an Ice Age.
The New York times article said….
“Rising concern about the environmental crisis is sweeping the nation’s campuses with an intensity that may be on its way to eclipsing student discontent over the war in Vietnam…a national day of observance of environmental problems…is being planned for next spring…when a nationwide environmental ‘teach-in’…coordinated from the office of Senator Gaylord Nelson is planned….”
We only have one earth, so we need to take care of her. That’s what Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin believed. He was disturbed that an issue as important as our environment was not addressed in politics or by the media, so he created the first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970.
Senator Nelson hired Denis Hayes as the coordinator of the first “Earth Day” protest.
April 22, 1970, Earth Day marks the beginning of the modern environmental movement. Approximately 20 million Americans participated, with a goal of a healthy, sustainable environment.
Denis Hayes, the national coordinator, and his old staff organized massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment and the cooling of the earth.
Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values. They had to save themselves from the coming Ice Age.
For the many people who care for the environment, Earth Day became the first opportunity they had to join in a nationwide demonstration to send a big message to public officials–a message to tell them to protect our planet and take action to stop the dreaded global cooling. They were very upset that the world was headed for a new Ice Age where human life n earth might cease to exist.
Native American people, for example, the Iroquois, have long recognized and celebrated in story and song the interdependence of the earth and all its creatures. For the 20th anniversary of Earth Day in 1990, they were joined by more than 200 million people in 141 countries participating in celebrations of the planet that supports us.
History has been re-written and there is not much mention of the true nature of the first big global scam that humans were destroying the planet they lived on and it was going to cause an Ice Age to appear suddenly. But I remember the hysteria. I lived through it.
Now our public officials have a new “the sky is falling theory” manifested in Global Warming. But their solution is exactly the same in 2009 as it was in 1970.
Pay more taxes and we will save you all.
I’ll make a prediction, By the year 2012, after they have taken trillions of dollars from working families of the world thru their cap-n-trade scare tactics, we will be protesting and trying to fix global cooling again.
If you were born in the sixties your teachers told you that the earth was cooling due to the CO2 in the atmosphere and we had to act soon or we were going into another iceage. Being a kid I believed them. I can imagine how they are now brainwashing our kids in school today. Now, I am a adult and realize politicians lie to obtain more power, more control and more funding. The kids today don’t.
I can’t find the original article but I did find one from 1975 in Newsweek pointing out the same problem with global cooling. As happens all too often Newsweek has deleted the article but I had it saved and posted it here….