Today, Earth Day celebrates its 40th anniversary. Earth Day originated as a call to arms by US Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, who hoped to draw on the grassroots movement for greater environmental consciousness in order to bring about positive policy changes in Washington.
Earth Day drew much of its early enthusiasm from university campuses. Fittingly, then, NiCHE (Network in Canadian History and Environment) today published short “research snapshots” of five New Scholars who research the relationship between nature and the Canadian past. The writings address the question of what they have learned during their research and how their research impacts current environmental concerns. The feature contains a forward by Alan MacEachern, professor of history at the University of Western Ontario.