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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Earth Days
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04/20/2010
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The origins of the modern environmental movement from its beginnings in the 1950s.

 


AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

Earth Days

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Original Broadcast: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET

Director Robert Stone (“Oswald’s Ghost,“ “Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst”) traces the origins of the modern environmental movement through the eyes of nine Americans who propelled the movement from its beginnings in the 1950s to its moment of triumph in 1970 with the original Earth Day and to its status as a major political force in America.

Drawing heavily on eyewitness testimony and a wealth of never before seen archival footage, Stone examines the revolutionary achievement —and missed opportunities—of a decade of groundbreaking activism. The result is both a poetic meditation on man’s complex relationship with nature and a probing analysis of past responses to environmental crisis.

Interviewees represent a diverse cross section of American life and politics. Among them are former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, renewable energy pioneer Hunter Lovins, biologist Paul Ehrlich, former Republican congressman Pete McCloskey, Earth Day organizer Denis Hayes, and Apollo Nine astronaut Rusty Schweickart. Each reflects on their personal awakening to an environment the unprecedented movement that grew out of their response to that crisis.

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