Earth Days takes us back to the early development of the modern day environmental movement through the extraordinary stories of the era’s pioneers.
Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring, published in 1962 emphasises the dwindling bird population in her town, placing the blame on American chemical manufacturers, and is today cited by many as the dawn of the environmental movement.
Today, environmental protection is all the rage, but can you remember when everyone in America was not “Going Green”?
Well, that soon changed in April 1970 when 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day celebrations and demonstrations – the largest in American history. Millions of people across the United States demonstrated to the world that the concern over pollution, overpopulation, and the abuse of our natural resources was no longer the task of scientists but a movement that demanded political action to protect the environment.
These mass demonstrations led to ground-breaking national legislation and created a new consciousness about the fragility of the earth’s resources.