An inspiring and hopeful feature documentary covering the history of the modern environmental movement from its beginnings, nearly four decades ago. Environmental activism really began with the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, and precipitated an unexpected and galvanizing effect on the national psyche. Told through the eyes of nine very divergent witnesses, including a secretary of the interior, Stewart Udall, who actually cared about the environment; a biologist, Paul Ehrlich; a congressman, Pete McCloskey; and an astronaut, Rusty Schweickart, Earth Days is a visually stunning, globe-spanning chronicle of watershed events and consciousness-changing realizations that prompted a new awareness: the post–World War II American dream of a future world created by scientific progress, new technology, and economic expansion was rapidly changing into a nightmare. To the twenty million Americans who demanded change and political action to protect the environment on that first Earth Day, the urgency and scale of the current crisis would have seemed extreme and alarmist. Earth Days is a truly cogent and powerful depiction of the awakening of the world to environmental reality; ignoring its message could imperil us all! ( – Sundance Film Festival) Directed by Robert Stone. Produced by Robert Stone Productions. Official Selection, 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Introduced by Flo Stone, President & Founder, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.
PANEL DISCUSSION FOLLOWS FILM AT 5:00 P.M.
Booz Allen Hamilton presents a panel discussion on the current state of the environmental movement in the United States featuring Nancy Sutley, the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Gary Rahl, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton, Richard Moss, Vice President, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Managing Director for WWF’s Climate Change program, and Phil Sharp, President of Resources for the Future and former ten-term Congressman from Indiana. Moderator: T.J. Glauthier, Advisor, Booz Allen Hamilton’s U.S. Civil Government Busines.
From inspired origins, the environmental movement has evolved as our understanding of our environmental challenges has deepened, and our needed response has become more complex.