Earth Day: Conservationist or Communist? Behind Google’s Doodle

I just about fell off my chair when I read the latest right wing delusion.  Earth day is a Communist Plot.

Tell me again why I shouldn’t call them Nazis when communist or queer are their universal terms for anyone or anything they don’t like.

From National Geographic:

Separating the real from the rumored on the ultimate green day.

John Roach

for National Geographic News

Updated April 22, 2011

Though Earth Day still has its detractors, organizers expect more than a billion people to observe Earth Day today—a far cry from the movement’s grassroots beginnings in 1970.

Another big difference from the first Earth Day: Many will mark the day digitally in 2011—thanks in no small part to today’s Google Doodle, which publicizes Earth Day with an impossible animated Eden where pandas, penguins, and lions live in peace and an iceberg is just a pounce away from an African savanna.

And just this past Tuesday, the Washington, D.C.-based Earth Day Network—founded by the organizers of the first Earth Day—launched a new Facebook Web app to promote their Billion Acts of Green campaign. The project aims to generate a billion pledges of environmental service and advocacy before the Rio+20 Earth summit in Brazil from June 4 to 6, 2012.


One persistent rumor holds that April 22 was chosen because it’s the birthday of Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the Soviet Union.

“Lenin’s goal was to destroy private property and this goal is obviously shared by environmentalists,” according to a 2004 Capitalism Magazine article perpetuating the theory.

Likewise, shortly after the first Earth Day, a Daughters of the American Revolution member lamented to Time magazine, “Subversive elements plan to make American children live in an environment that is good for them.”

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