A group of Clark College students attempted to dramatize air pollution by taking walks around Vancouver wearing gas masks as an Earth Week project, April 21, 1970. “We’re trying to show the effects of pollution, but most ignore us,” said one of them, Ken Cochran.
An estimated 7,000 people jam a quadrangle at the Independence Mall in Philadelphia, during Earth Week activities celebrating the eve of Earth Day, April 22, 1970.
A woman dressed as the Statue of Liberty poses on a float full of trash during Earth Day observances in Florida in 1970.
Kenneth Opat is squirted with oil pistols by Dorothy Goldsmith, left, and Rita Webb, at Tulane University in New Orleans as students tagged Louisiana’s oil industry with the “polluter of the month” award, April 22, 1970. The demonstration was part of the first observance of Earth Day.
Earth Day demonstrators trying to dramatize environmental pollution conclude their rally at the Interior Department in Washington on April 22, 1970, leaving spilled oil in their wake. The oil was used to protest pollution by offshore oil drilling.
A participant at Earth Day celebrations at Union Square in New York City carries a sign protesting killing, April 22, 1970. Thousands crowded the square, where official observances were held, and Fifth Avenue all the way to 59th Street, where vehicles powered by internal combustion engines were banned.
Dec. 13, 1974: Protesters lash themselves to the branches of five trees in Amsterdam which are to be cut down to make way for the building of the Underground near Central Station.
A score of people seeking attention for their view that the public is endangered by radiation pollution from the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) held a one-hour vigil Tuesday at the AEC Rocky Flats plant in Denver, Co., Dec. 22, 1970.
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Earth First environmental activists sit around the stump of an ancient tree that was cut down by a logging company in one of the last remaining unprotected old growth forests in California Sept. 28, 1996. Eco-activists dress, set up camp and live in the trees to protest the planned logging. The activists use code names such as (L-R) Dragonfly, Seed and River to conceal their identities when trespassing on the privately owned forest.
Police lower an anti-nuclear activist from a bridge leading to the Gorleben nuclear waste storage facility near Lueneberg in northern Germany, March 27, 2001. Four Greenpeace activists had attached themselves to the bridge in an effort to blockade the railroad tracks running across it. An estimated 1,400 activists blockaded the tracks at different points in an effort to stop the Castor shipment of spent nuclear fuel from arriving from France. Police arrested hundreds of activists, some of whom were reportedly injured.
A Greenpeace activist is dragged into a police truck after hauling a van containing toxic waste in front of the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines, March 3, 2000.
Members of Greenpeace hang a banner, March 20, 2000, saying “Stop Dioxin” on a tank at a Chemical Waste Treatment Center in Tsing Yi to protest the Hong Kong government’s plan to burn medical waste at the facility. Incinerators for medical and municipal waste have been linked to severe public health problems and pollution and are believed to be the major source of dioxin released into the atmosphere.
Members of Surfers Against Sewage hold a “toilet protest” August 8, 2001 on Brighton Beach on the south coast of England. The protest was designed to highlight the fact that Britain”s coastline is one of the most contaminated in Europe, with raw sewage being pumped onto public beaches.
Activists from the environmental organization Greenpeace rappel from a statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Sep. 5, 2002. Activists were protesting results of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, or Rio + 10, in Johannesburg. Banner reads: “Rio + 10 = Second Chance.”
Anti-Waikato water protesters build a barricade in front of the gate Jun. 3, 2002 as about 70 protesters converge on to the Tuakau pumping station to protest the new Waikato pipeline that will pump water from the Waikato river to supply Auckland City. Many people are against the pipeline as they think the Waikato river water is not safe to drink.