Earth Day

April 21, 1970
1970 HFP, Volume 2 Number 8

On April 22, the day after this issue of the HFP went to press, the very first Earth Day was held, and the modern environmental movement in the United States was born. "Twenty million Americans took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment," the Earthday Network would later recall. "It was on that day," the Environmental Protection Agency would later say, "that Americans made it clear that they understood and were deeply concerned over the deterioration of our environment and the mindless dissipation of our resources."

Dale Yancy's front page cartoon, pictured at right, commented on the Earth Day theme, depicting a frightened individual standing atop "man's pinnacle of success" with atoms spinning above his head and a ruined Los Angeles of smog, traffic, trash and junkyards sprawling below. The city is shown clogged with freeways, oil wells, liquor stores, adult bookstores and an irrelevant 18-story church with a solid gold cross and "Bibles that don't offend anyone." Surveying this spectacle of waste and destruction, the little man at the top bleats out the single word "Help."

The widow of a slain Hell's Angels member had showed up at the door of the Christ's Patrol motorcycle club at the old Garvey Theatre in Rosemead, alone and broke with no job and two small children to feed. Phil Smith and his Christ's Patrol crew were asking local Jesus People for donations of clothing and food to help this helpless sister, her two year old son and four year old daughter.

A workshop seminar for "radical street Christians" was coming up on a Saturday in May, offering training in radical campus and street ministry. Listings of Bible raps, prayer groups and Jesus houses in "The Wall" were still primarily California based, with a welcome sprinkling of activities in Hawaii, on Waikiki Beach and at the University of Hawaii campus on Oahu.

Yancy's exciting back page poster, pictured below right, used an enlarged thumbprint to convey the message that "God deals with individuals."

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