April 22nd is Earth Day, and here we have news outtakes of a 1970 Earth Day celebration from local Columbia, SC station WLTX. The University of South Carolina and A.C. Flora High School hosted the festivities, which included college students burying a time capsule and high school students biking and roller skating. The footage features South Carolina judge and politician Alex Sanders as one of the casket’s four “pallbearers.”
First celebrated in 1970 in schools, universities, and communities across the United States, Earth Day has since become a global event, recognized in nearly 200 countries throughout the world. The Earth Day Network coordinates the activities, which seek to increase awareness and support for environmental protection.