Earth Day, Mirth Day

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Earth Day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson, Rep. Pete McCloskey and Denis Hayes as an environmental teach-in, to be held on April 22, 1970. "Some suspected the date was not a coincidence, but a clue that the event was 'a Communist trick.'"

• By coincidence, April 22, 1970 was also “the 100th anniversary of the birth of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin. In 1920 Lenin had instituted the “subbotnik” (days of volunteer work) to commemorate his birthday by requiring that people clean up their villages. 

• FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover "may have found the Lenin connection intriguing; it was alleged the FBI conducted surveillance at the 1970 (Earth Day) demonstrations.” (wikepedia)

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• Watch this short, funny video above that honors our leaders who deny climate change. (350action.org

• In video above, watch journalist Jeff Goodell (source of quote in our gorilla animation), author of How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth's Climate — winner of 2011 Grantham Prize Award of Special Merit. (jeff-goodell.com/)

• Great resource: CoalSwarm.org — provides individual profiles of over a thousand existing and proposed coal plants in the United States and many other countries. 

• Animation's photo of coal plant is by Jason Hawkes, published by National Geographic.