Origins of Earth Day and SageBase

Updated: Apr 27

By Ted Nicholson

5 days ago, we celebrated the 52nd Earth Day. Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin politician, came up with the concept of Earth Day and saw it through to conception. But before Earth Day was official, Mr. Nelson had come up with an idea to help inform and mobilize people across the country.

He would organize what he called “teach-ins”: the environmentalist’s equivalent to sit ins happening all around the U.S. The teach ins would take place on college campuses and would bring together individuals to learn and instruct on environmental issues; and, it would be a starting point for the movement of change that Mr. Nelson


He intended for these teach ins to be a foundation for teaching and instructing on environmental issues. The idea was a stroke of genius. Unfortunately, like many of these strokes of genius, it didn’t catch on. There was a slew of social and political issues taking the national limelight, and interest (or bandwidth) of taking on another cause just wasn’t present. However, this would not remain the case for long. In 1970, Mr. Nelson and his cohort of evangelizing environmentalists rebranded and started the first Earth Day – a day that would grow in significance and importance exponentially. Today, there are over 190 countries involved in Earth Day. It has become a day of peaceful protest and calls to action, a day dedicated to the planet Earth.

Let’s be blunt. There is still a lot of work to do. As a society, it is imperative to think about our footprint and how we individually contribute to the problems at hand. And, we need to start holding the heavy hitters accountable (i.e., businesses.) The Earth is covered in garbage, the climate is changing rapidly, oceans are rising – this is not the time sit idly back. This is the moment for action.

Apologies for the doom and gloom, but it’s important to remember that, while there are many people fighting for our planet and great strides have been made, our planet’s future still isn’t as bright as it deserves to be. We must work together to reduce the amount of trash in our oceans, reduce the number of pollutants in our air, and to create a world that is sustainable for future generations. Through education and information, we are not only capable of making these necessary changes, but we’re also responsible.

Let’s use this Earth Day and every day after to think back on Mr. Nelson’s vision and consider what we can do individually, and as a community to shift us in the right direction. The teach in was meant to instruct and to mobilize, and we here at SageBase were inspired to help Nelson’s legacy live on in a modernized and more accessible way.

SageBase brings people together to educate and to be educated, to promote and fight for the health of our planet through policy and our collective voices, and an organization dedicated to informing and empowering members of the community for the sake of our future and the future of our planet.

SageBase is the place for you to find the information you, as an individual, need to live a greener, more sustainable life that’s accessible and interesting, and a place for us, as a people, to access information on what we can do collectively as one voice to make real, measurable, and significant change.

Consider us your basecamp.

And your team.


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