Denis Hayes

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Earth Day background

According to Joe Uehlein;

The approach of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 provides us an opportunity to reflect on the “long, strange trip” shared by the environmental movement and the labor movement over four decades here on Spaceship Earth. A billion people participate in Earth Day events, making it the largest secular civic event in the world.
But when it was founded in 1970, according to Earth Day’s first national coordinator Denis Hayes, “Without the UAW, the first Earth Day would have likely flopped!” Less than a week after he first announced the idea for Earth Day, Senator Gaylord Nelson presented his proposal to the Industrial Union Department of the AFL-CIO. Walter Reuther, President of the UAW, enthusiastically donated $2000 to help kick the effort off – to be followed by much more. Hayes recalls: “The UAW was by far the largest contributor to the first Earth Day, and its support went beyond the merely financial. It printed and mailed all our materials at its expense — even those critical of pollution-belching cars. Its organizers turned out workers in every city where it has a presence. And, of course, Walter then endorsed the Clear Air Act that the Big Four were doing their damnedest to kill or gut.”[1]

Campaign for America's Future

In 1996 Denis Hayes, Earth Day founder -Bullitt Foundation was one of the original 130 founders of Campaign for America's Future.[2]

References

  1. [https://talkingunion.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/earth-day-labor-and-me/, Talking Union, Earth Day, Labor and Me Posted on April 27, 2014 by paulgarver]
  2. CAF Co-Founders