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THE MODERN ERA
As in previous times, the public was demanding action. The turbulence of the 1960s created an awareness of numerous public issues. This resulted in the questioning of the destruction of the environment at the local, state, national, and international level by industries, government, and people. This was the beginning of the modern environmental movement which ultimately raised environmental awareness across the United States and the rest of the world.
The teach-in, a means of protest by younger people, became the model for the first Earth Day on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on March 11-14, 1970, drawing some 50,000 participants. On April 22, some 20 million people across the country demanded healthy sustainable environments.
Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment and had support from Republicans and Democrats, labor and business, and young and old. Moreover, it stimulated interest by a large number of young people in the environment, its protection, and sustainability.
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