Sea Talk Video - Earth Day History

Earth Day was founded April 22, 1970, as a day of education about environmental issues.  In Delaware, it marked the start of a protest led by John Stenger, a Cape Henlopen High School science teacher, who wanted to halt damage to the Great Dune at Cape Henlopen by U.S. Army bulldozers.

Publication Date:
Monday, April 6, 2015

Episode Script

This is SeaTalk: Ocean News from the University of Delaware.

Earth Day was founded April 22, 1970, as a day of education about environmental issues.  In Delaware, it marked the start of a protest led by John Stenger, a Cape Henlopen High School science teacher, who wanted to halt damage to the Great Dune at Cape Henlopen by U.S. Army bulldozers.

The Army, who still controlled a portion of the area from its use in World War II, started removing a section of the dune to construct a parking lot. The protest by Stenger and several students brought media attention to the resulting impact on sensitive habitat and began a movement by lawmakers to get the lands returned to state control.

This is SeaTalk, a public service announcement from the University of Delaware, the Delaware Sea Grant College Program, and this station.

Sea Talk Video - Earth Day History

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