I'm sure most people know that environmentalism didn't start with Former Vice President Al Gore, but there are many that aren't aware how and when it grew into what it is today. Earth Days (2009), which has done the festival circuit, is now having an airing tonight, April 19th on PBS .
The documentary examines the environmental movement steaming from a group of concerned scientists in the 50's, who began considering possible negative impacts the nation's growing technology might have on the planet and also the eventual first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. (still from Earth Days, pictured right)
Earth Days boasts interviews with early environmentalists such as Former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, biologist/The Population Bomb author Paul Ehrlich, Whole Earth Catalog founder Stewart Brand, Apollo Nine astronaut Rusty Schweickart, and renewable energy innovator Hunter Lovins.
I haven't seen Earth Days yet but plan to tune in tonight. I've heard good things. I imagine this documentary not only chronicles the growth of environmentalism in an engaging way, but also provides a narrative for how movements become just that and we all need a little motivation for activism in our lives if you ask me. Plus these kind of underground developments of the underdog fighting big industry always warms my heart.