John McConnell

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Elderly man in a collared shirt and hat standing, holding a blue flag with a picture of planet Earth on it
McConnell with his "Earth Day" flag design.

John McConnell (March 22, 1915[1] – October 20, 2012[2]) was an American peace activist. He was the founder and creator of Earth Day. McConnell is a luminary with a major passion for peace, religion and environmentalism. In 1969 at the UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, John McConnell felt it necessary to propose a holiday in which we celebrate the Earth's life and beauty.

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