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ネルソン氏が残した数々の功績のなかに、1970年4月22日のアースデーの創出があります。ベトナム戦争に関するティーチインや、広がり続ける環境破壊による健康危機に触発され、ネルソン氏は「政治体制を改革し、環境問題をナショナル・アジェンダとする」ための全国的な環境抗議運動を初めてアメリカに提案しました。第一回目のアースデーでは、二千万人のアメリカ人が街頭デモに参加し、それがとがきっかけとなり、数年後には世界初の環境法令の多くがアメリカで可決されたのです。American Heritage Magazineはこの出来事を「民主主義の歴史において最も驚くべき出来事の一つである」と賞賛しています。米国上院の任期中は、自動車燃料の規制から DDTや枯葉剤の禁止にいたる多くの立法の先頭に立ちました。1995年には、Presidential Medal of Freedom(自由勲章)を受賞しています。






EDN International Network Update

With deepest sorrow, Earth Day Network announces the death of Senator Gaylord Nelson, Founding Chairman of Earth Day Network. A world renowned environmental activist and leader, Senator Nelson will be sorely missed.

Among Senator Nelson's many accomplishments was the creation of Earth Day on April 22nd, 1970. Inspired by teach-ins dealing with the Vietnam War, and by the growing environmental health crisis in the United States, Senator Nelson proposed the first nationwide environmental protest "to shake up the political establishment and force the environmental issue onto the national agenda." On the first Earth Day, 20 million Americans took to the streets and, within a few years, many of the world's first environmental laws were passed in the United States. American Heritage Magazine called the event "one of the most remarkable happenings in the history of democracy." During his tenure in the United States Senate, Senator Nelson spearheaded legislation ranging from mandating automobile fuel efficiency standards to outlawing DDT and Agent Orange. In 1995, Senator Nelson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Today, Earth Day is celebrated in 174 countries by over a half billion people, making it the most celebrated secular holiday in the world. Senator Nelson was an active participant in every Earth Day. This year he attended an Earth Day event at his Grandson's school in Kensington, Maryland to witness the planting of trees and a school recycling project. Senator Nelson was the Honorary Chair of the Earth Day Network, a global year round organization that focuses on education, health, civic participation, development, and environmental issues.

The passing of Senator Nelson is a great loss to humanity. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family.

Funeral arrangements to be announced later.

Earth Day Network International Team

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アースデイ(地球の日)は4月22日、毎年Earth Dayの期間には世界各地で持続可能な社会を表現する、自由なイベントやアクションが行われています。

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