Forty years ago, the United States celebrated the very first Earth Day in an effort to raise awareness of the need for a healthy, sustainable environment.
The brainchild of then-Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson, the first Earth Day led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species acts.
The inaugural Earth Day poster (pictured) was designed by artist Martin Carey, who also happens to be the father of Living food editor and "Everyday Food" host Sarah Carey. The colorful poster was initially conceived as a personal painting and features bright fish above stylized eyes.
To continue the tradition, MSLO hosted an Earth Day Poster Contest, inviting 10 New York City public schools to create an original poster celebrating this eco-friendly holiday. Each school chose one winning poster from each grade level (first through fifth) to compete.
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