Earth Day’s REAL History

“Earth Day has never been a celebration of the beauty and bounty of this awesome terrestrial ball.  It’s always been an assault on man.”–Brian Sussman

On April 22, 1970, a trio of radical dreamers established the first Earth Day, an event designed to assault capitalism, free-markets and mankind.

The initial concept was conceived by Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-WS).  Nelson was Congress’ leading environmentalist activist, a sort of pre-incarnate Senator Barbara Boxer in drag.  He was also the mastermind behind those ridiculous teach-ins which were vogue in the Sixties and early Seventies.  During the teach-ins, mutinous school instructors would scrap the day’s assigned curriculum, pressure their students to sit cross-legged on the floor, and “rap” about how America was an imperialist nation, and converse about why communism really wasn’t such a bad form of government—it just needed to be implemented properly.

Nelson’s teach-in efforts were aided by a young man named Denis Hayes.  Hayes was student body president while at Stanford, and well known for organizing anti-Vietnam war protests.  Hayes heard about Senator Nelson’s teach-in concept and eventually helped Nelson institute the practice nationwide.

Rounding out the troika was Professor Paul Ehrlich of Stanford.  In 1968 Ehrlich authored the Malthusian missive, The Population Bomb, in which he infamously spouted wild allegations which included equating the earth’s supposed surplus of people with a cancer that needs to be eradicated:  “A cancer is an uncontrolled multiplication of cells; the population explosion is an uncontrolled multiplication of people…We must shift our efforts from treatment of the symptoms to the cutting out of the cancer.  The operation will demand many apparently brutal and heartless decisions,” he wrote.

In 1969, following a much-hyped oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast, an overblown patch of fire on Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River, and the drug-induced vibes cast across the nation via the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, Senator Nelson met with Ehrlich and reportedly said, “My God—why not a national teach-in on the environment?”  Hayes was brought in to play a pivotal role with organization and implementation.  After careful consideration a name and date for the event were chosen:  the inaugural Earth Day would be celebrated April 22, 1970—the late Russian dictator Vladimir Lenin’s Centennial birthday.

Environmentalists have always admired Lenin.  He was the first disciple of Karl Marx to capture control of a country, and the opening act of his seven-year reign commenced with the abolition of all private property—a Marxist priority.  Despite overseeing a bloody civil war, a devastated economy and a citizenry without hope, Lenin made it a priority to implement his signature decree, “On Land.”  In it he declared that all forests, waters, and minerals to be the exclusive property of the state, and he demanded these resources be protected from use by the public and private enterprise.  Selling timber or firewood, mining minerals, or diverting water for farming was strictly prohibited.

While Nelson and Ehrlich were already known as non-traditional crackpots, Hayes was that and more.  In a New York Times article published the morning after the first Earth Day headlined, “Angry Coordinator of Earth Day,” young Hayes bragged that five years earlier he fled overseas because “I had to get away from America.”  Hayes was so committed to his anti-capitalist cause that he made sure his organization did not even produce Earth Day bumper stickers, “You want to know why?” he explained to the Times, because “they go on automobiles.”

Earth Day has never been a celebration of the beauty and bounty of this awesome terrestrial ball.  Instead it’s always been an assault on man.             During the first decade of Earth Day observances people were proclaimed the polluter.  By the Eighties the event’s organizers cast mankind as the tree killer, and, with the Nineties, humans evolved into the animal species annihilator.  The global warming scare never really became popular until the late Nineties, and when it did, it provided compatriots at the Earth Day headquarters with the ultimate hook to hang their red berets: humans, particularly Americans, were now screwing up the entire planet’s climate.

On Earth Day, rather then join in the Marxist falderal designed to hammer the American way, let’s give thanks for our nation’s abundant resources and dedicate ourselves to electing leaders who will reclaim our natural capital from the stranglehold of regulations, policies and laws that are more in keeping with the tyranny of Marx than the liberty of Madison.

For more, read Brian’s original Bestseller: Climategate: a Veteran Meteorologist Exposes the Global Warming Scam

Brian Sussman

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  1. Kevin Eggers says

    The environmental “crisis” propaganda worked in the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany…and in America today. Whoever complains against the government policies designed to “save the Earth” must hate the Earth. This is effective propaganda. Of course, it isn’t about saving the Earth; it’s about control. Whoever controls the resources controls the people. This is the way it has worked since the beginning of time.

    • S says

      Excellent points. These scams have been used throughout history to create a bogeyman that is ‘so terrible, so imminent’ – that people will give away their God given rights. Coronavirus anyone?

    • jimena smith says

      no. sorry. your mistake – and the universal mistake of anti-marxist freedom-loving people – is you fall into the marxist trap of allowing them to frame the issue and hen replying to it accordingly. You must never accept marxist issue-framing, you must always re-frame an issue in an ATTACK ON MARXISM. NEVER PLAY DEFENSE WITH MARXISM OR MARXISTS. ALWAYS REDEFINE REFRAME And ATTACK!!!

      • Brian Sussman says

        Thanks for checking in, Jimena!
        “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

    • Brian Sussman says

      Read my book Climategate for the most complete account of the founding of Earth Day, and then read Eco-Tyranny for a complete summary of Lenin’s environmental policies.
      Enlightenment is a wonderful thing, Adam.

      • ChaimD says

        I could be wrong but, he qualified his statement, so I sensed he was asking more than telling. Lighten up and assume the best intentions. Smack-downs bring few to your way of thinking.

        You’re a bright guy Brian. But you’re not smarter than everyone else. You know this.

    • Beef McBeefy says

      Not always accurate but often? Love to see the stats on that. So in this case, are they accurate? Since they often are (debatably), you imply that this must be the case in Lenin’s birthday/Earth Day coinciding. But just maybe – as you say yourself – this may not be one of those times. And it’s not.

      • Brian Sussman says

        The statistics I always presents are buried treasures from the very same sources used by scientists, politicians, and global leaders.
        You just have to dig for the Hidden Headlines.

    • Christopher Blanton says

      Nice try, bolshevik. Most people are educated. But, I’m sure you will convince a few, slow, indifferents.

      • Brian Sussman says

        Nothing in the article is false. It’s all sourced.
        But please, check in anytime.

  2. Brett Robinson says

    I’m emberrassed to be a republican. This is an example of spinning stupid facts to weave a crazy conspriracy theory. Focus on the economy! Anything else makes us look stupid and simple.

      • robert miers says

        Thank you Mr Sussman,
        Thank you for a clarion call for truth and the reality of the hidden agenda of worldwide domination by Communist governance and sympathizers.
        Slavery and death waits on the unprepared

    • merkova says

      you are an expert at stupid, it is a communist plot coupled with modern democrat lunitics. There are no coincidents.

    • Beef McBeefy says

      Maybe you should be embarrassed by your misspelled word and lack of capitalization of the word “Republican”. They may not make us looks stupid and simple, but they make you look so. Just sayin’ …

  3. radio silence says

    Put any of those people on KSFO and they will be funnier and more interesting than the current morning show hosts, whose ratings are absolutely awful

  4. nia says

    I knew you’d trot out your tired old conspiracy theories for Earth Day. And I love how you’re now a historian AND a “scientist”. What makes you decide that Earth Day was chosen to coincide with Lenin’s birthday rather than, say, Nebraska’s Arbor Day (the first in the nation)? What sources can you cite to back up your claim?

    And even if you’re right, so what? Ask any environmental activist today when Lenin was born, and I’ll wager only a tiny fraction of a percent of them would even have a clue. (Given the state of education in this country, I’d be surprised if they knew who Lenin was!). Earth Day is not a commie plot. If you’re going to criticize it, criticize it for something real – like it’s purely symbolic, doesn’t change anything, etc.

    Do you really want to go back to the days of choking air, dying lakes and burning rivers? Not all regulations are bad. I’m a firm capitalist, but I don’t believe UNBRIDLED capitalism is the answer (witness where we go when there are no reins on industry). In all things, moderation.

  5. M.K. says

    Good article you are correct Earth Day is a Marxist agenda. No coincidence Earth Day is Lenin’s birthday! It was planned that way.

  6. ripsaw says

    Great article Brian, and spot on. Its irritating that the liberal trolls found you and spew their usual blather. Would be good to hear you on mark levins show soon.

  7. Jason Thompson says

    The CIA via Gregory Bateson has an interesting history regarding climate change. Bateson gave LSD to Allen Ginsberg at Stanford see Aquarian Conspiracy, MK Ultra. Ginsberg went on to make move Circuit Earth release on Earth Day. Paul Erlich was in credits for movie. Margret Mead wrote Atmosphere Endangered Endangering with NIH she was married to Bateson. Bateson talked of controlling 3rd world in 1946.

  8. Jason Thompson says
    You can read more at this link. JFK warned against weather modification in last speech. Environmenatal movement took momentum from weather warfare see Operation Popeye and UN making weather warfare illegal. Climate Change and climate control shows up in the NYT newspapers right after major wars.

  9. David C. says

    You gotta love the lefties here. Either you have total government control over all natural resources and property or you end up in a Mad-Max style wasteland. And there can be nothing in between. So all the way with communism, savior of us all.

    Of course, the fact that the Soviet Union was host to worse ecological disasters than any other country is irrelevant. Just keep your head down and say what Al Gore tells you to say.

  10. Doug Bristow says

    I can personally attest to the validity of the info in the above article. I was a sophomore high school student in tune to the counter culture at the time.

  11. Abolition Man says

    Hey, Brian! As a former resident of your once great state I’m glad to see you’re still kicking up a ruckus and making small minds explode! On Earth Day I think it is important to note that the current geologic period, the Holocene, has the lowest average temperature and CO2 level of any period in the last 350 million years! In fact, during the last glaciation the CO2 level dropped to 180ppm; only 30ppm above the minimum requirement for many plants to survive. Most plants and trees at high elevations like in the Sierras would have died due to lack of CO2! The natural process that has lowered CO2 levels steadily for the last 150,000,000 years is still occurring and will not allow the long term survival of most life on Earth to continue without human intervention. If we work to lower CO2 by crippling our economies we only hasten the largest extinction event the Earth has ever experienced and stop the current trends of a greener, wetter and slightly warmer planet that benefits all!

  12. Beef McBeefy says

    I am proud, on Commiearth Day, to turn on every light both inside and outside my house, and to run every electrical device (such as ceiling and bathroom fans) nonstop.

  13. Michael says

    The SJW seeks out things to be offended by. We laugh at a call to arms over something like a pronoun. How is it we are also not laughing at people who seek out reasons to find a conspiracy in Earth Day. What impact does “Earth Day” have on anything? I didn’t even know it was today until someone reminded me. Maybe I’m just living under a rock, but who cares about Earth Day?

    • Brian Sussman says

      Earth Day has shaped the minds of MILLIONS of former students who are now adults.
      Science has been traded for anti-capitalist propaganda.
      Best wishes,

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