Earth Day Proves that Anyone Can Learn With the Right Environment

In 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin was moved dramatically by experiencing the devastation of an oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA.  He wanted to do something about it to make a difference. So he knew he needed to create interest and he summoned the media.  He knew he needed cooperation, so he crossed the aisle and teamed up with Republican Pete McCloskey, to begin brainstorming ideas. Amazing! He also recruited Dennis Hayes to lead the eighty-five staff members to use their creativity to help those concerned model new habits at the many nationwide events held that year Through interest, cooperation, creativity and modeling, he has made a difference in my thinking these 45 years later. Check out the recent lesson I wrote to help your class learn about the history of Earth Day.

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