Gallery: How Earth Day came to be

Los Angeles still has its smoggy days, but was far worse in the 1960s.
 

Happy Earth Day! Today is the day that many of us will contemplate our concerns over climate change, environmental destruction or dangers to our food supply, but do you know how this holiday first came to be? 42 years ago, the word “environment” was rarely used in daily conversation, until a picture in Time Magazine changed everything. Read on as we take a look back to the late 1960s to see why Earth Day started in the first place and how far society has come in caring for this planet we call home.

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