PBS American Experience Earth Days DVD
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Of course, as we know, the urgency has not diminished (especially in the wake of the recent oil spill disaster) but the clarity of the vision has. This is signaled in the film as the final president in the series, George W. Bush, expressed nothing more than the need to reduce our dependency on foreign sources of oil. Even Ronald Reagan spoke with much greater force on the subject than that. In part, as this film shows, the clarity of the mission diminished as the clarity of our air increased. It was the success of early environmental pioneers like JFK's Secretary of the Interior, Stewart Udall and California Congressman Pete McCloskey, in the face of very obvious pollution in large American cities, that enabled subsequent politicians to diminish and ignore the challenges that face us in the coming days.
The film outlines the history of the modern environmental movement in America, through the eyes of several early activists who were inspired by writers such as Rachel Carson and Paul Ehrlich. The words of nine passionate and highly influential, still living, pioneers are supported by images of growth and change in America, as the effects of economic expansion and technological development on our ecosystem and way of life began to demonstrate that the American dream of increasing prosperity was unsustainable.Read more ›
The very beginning and the very ending of a movie or tv show can really make it or break it - and this one definitely did it for me. The opening of the episode showed clips from every president since Kennedy making speeches about Earth Day. I found this so interesting because I hadn't seen or heard half of them make speeches before. I also thought that it was a great way to show that it is still an important enough event that it continues to be relevant over the course of 40+ years. As with any decent documentary there are experts. The experts for this episode were from a diverse background: from politicians, ecologist, authors, liberals, and conservatives - among others. It really put things into perspective to see people from across the spectrum really believing in the message of Earth Day. At the end there was a "where are they now?" segment about the experts. Throughout the movie you got to see and hear about things that they had done for the movement "back in the day", but this last segment really brought it around to show you what they are still doing for the cause.Read more ›
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Earth Days is a fascinating look at the birth of the American environmental movement.
I remember the first Earth Day in 1970 – I was an elementary school and recall we... Read more
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I thought from the front of the DVD that this might be suitable for children. While it was not, I enjoyed it and I would definitely share it. Read morePublished on May 31, 2013 by Betty Kay Seibt
Outstanding review of 40 years of concern about the enviroment. I wish everyone would see this PBS documentary and get on board.Published on April 25, 2012 by Meanderingman
Environmentalists are like watermelons. Green on the outside and red on the inside!
I just watched the nonsense on PBS. Read more