Earth Day 1970 was a critical launch platform for the global environmental movement – and features large in my PowerPoint slide showing the four great societal pressure waves since 1960, coinciding with the peak of the first wave. The focus at that time was on the USA, whereas when I joined the International Board for Earth Day 1990, the spotlight had gone global – thanks to the indefatigable efforts of Earth Day co-founder Denis Hayes.
More on Earth Day 2010 here.
Now, 40 years on, it’s tempting to think what we can do to celebrate the 50th anniversary in 2020. Meanwhile, however, it’s good to see a constellation of NGOs coming together to protest Anglo American’s plans to develop the so-called Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed. The NGOs have secured a full-page ad in today’s Financial Times, the same day that Anglo American holds it annual shareholder meeting in London.
Somebody hadn’t looked at the calendar!