The Story of Earth Day
Air Date: April
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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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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?