Adam Rome and “The Genius of Earth Day”
April 19, 2013
GUEST: ADAM ROME
Over forty years ago this month, an important political event took place that caused reverberations throughout the country. The Genius of Earth Day is the story of the first Earth Day, its significance, and how it has transformed the environmental movement. Why was this such a groundbreaking moment? Starting in 1970 as a teach-in event held across the United States, Earth Day inspired for the first green generation of Americans, says environmental historian ADAM ROME of the University of Delaware. Thousands of activities took place in diverse venues from places of worship to public spaces like parks and outside of government buildings. In this hour of Radio Times, Marty talks with author Adam Rome about his new book on the history of Earth Day, its key organizers, and how its legacy can be seen today in the form of greater environmental consciousness and activism throughout the country.