The Story of Earth Day

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Air Date: April 22, 2014

Live Chat: April 22, 2014, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST

Runtime: 27:02

Civic Holiday: Earth Day

In this popular episode, we explore the history of the environmental movement in the United States and the origins of the holiday we know as Earth Day.

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Discussion Questions

Before You Watch
  • What does the word "environmentalism" mean to you?
  • How is taking care of the environment part of being an active citizen?
  • What do you think are the biggest issues facing the environment today?
  • How do you help take care of the environment at home? At school? In the community?
After You Watch
  • What was life like in the big cities during our early history? What kinds of problems did that lead to, and how did cities cope with these issues?
  • What did the transcendentalists think about nature? How did they want people to experience nature?
  • How were the national parks created? What kinds of people played a role in their creation? Can you name anyone in particular?
  • How was Earth Day created?
  • What are some ways you can help to take care of the environment?

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