Announcing a New History of Environmentalism: Before and After The First Earth Day, 1970

David M. Guion explains the often neglected and forgotten history and prehistory of Earth Day--and its successes and failures 50 years later.
( PR4US.com | Press Release | 2020-05-27 09:28:29 )
Greensboro, NC, May 27, 2020 -- A new self-published book by David M. Guion, Before and After the First Earth Day 1970, provides a balanced history of the environmental movement. The story actually begins generations before Senator Gaylord Nelson conceived of an environmental teach-in.

Earth Day in 1970 is a watershed moment in environmental history. It succeeded so well that we easily forget that society as a whole has only recently cared about environmental issues.

It failed in some ways, however. Today's environmental polarization came in part from the shrill warnings of prominent Earth Day speakers that the world faced widespread famine and a new ice age. And from modern environmentalists' insistence on harping on new versions of the same failed arguments.

Guion observes, "Most people will not comb through 50-year-old news reports to find out what happened. I have, and I hope my findings can help rescue our environmental debates from partisan talking points."

David M. Guion is a retired academic librarian who served on a university sustainability committee. He is founder and editor of the respected blog Sustaining Our World and the website Sustainability Scout.

Before and After the First Earth Day, 1970 is available in paperback (ISBN 979-8639339127, 164 pages) and Kindle format at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087L6R889

Request review copies from david@sustainingourworld.com

About Sustaining Our World:
You want to take care of the environment and live on a clean planet. But do you get tired of environmentalists’ rhetoric? If so, according to a report by Ogilvie Earth, you’re part of a large majority of the American public. Or if you’re not American, you’re probably part of a large majority wherever you live.Some environmentalists express open contempt for anyone who doesn’t share their views about issues like organic food, veganism, or climate change.

Some environmentalists seem more interested in bashing corporate interests than helping people understand how they can live more sustainably. Yet for all their contempt for industry, they seem not to recognize that renewable energy, organic farming, and green consumer goods are also industries. So they regard all information coming from the one side as lies and uncritically accept whatever the other says.

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