50th anniversary

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day. A half-century ago, environmental degradation in the United States had reached such an alarming point to so many people that a day was set aside to focus on protecting the planet. In 1990, the April 22 celebration went global and events were organized in countries around the world. The man behind both the creation and expansion of the annual Earth Day is Denis Hayes. KCBX's Greta Mart spoke via Zoom with Hayes, from his office in Seattle in what's considered the world's greenest building. 

Fifty years ago, in August of 1969, half a million young people gathered on a farm in New York for the Woodstock Music & Art Festival. To mark the anniversary, KCBX shares the stories of San Luis Obispo County residents who were there. 

Courtesy of Ken Lidoff and Will Jones

Fifty years ago, in August of 1969, half a million young people gathered on a farm in New York for the Woodstock Music & Art Festival. KCBX is sharing the stories of San Luis Obispo County residents who were there. 

Photos courtesy of BJ Semmes, Bill Seavey and Alice McNeely

Fifty years ago this month, half a million young people gathered on a farm in New York for the Woodstock Music Festival. KCBX shares the stories of San Luis Obispo County residents who were there. 

Courtesy of Gail Brooks and Bill Weiner

Fifty years ago this month, half a million young people gathered on a farm in New York for the Woodstock Music Festival. This week and next, KCBX shares the stories of San Luis Obispo County residents who were there.