Earth Day 1970 saw thousands of Americans speak out for the Earth demanding the government do something about pollution that threatened our air, water, land, animal life and human health. The environmental movement began in earnest in the United States in the early 1970’s as US Maine Senator Ed Muskie, led Congress in creating a bold, comprehensive national environmental protection program. Equally important, nonprofit environmental groups were born, becoming the watchdog champions of these programs. During the following years, the movement broadened to include environmental justice, urban open space, river restoration, and much more. Recently, a re-enlivened interest in environment, fueled by an existential fear of climate change signals a shift in public attitudes and possibly a breaking of the political logjam at the national level.
David is a narrator/tour guide on M/V Thomas Laighton during summers, as it cruises out to the Isles of Shoals and Tour Guide for Historic New England at the Sarah Orne Jewett Historical Mansion in South Berwick. He also gives history talks at libraries and retirement communities. Twenty-five years’ experience in the field of environment.