It may be hard to remember now in the Age of Al Gore and Obama, but once upon a time, everyone in America was not “going Green.” EARTH DAYS looks back to the dawn of the modern environmental movement, from its post-war rustlings in the 1950s and the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson's bestseller Silent Spring, to the first wildly successful 1970 Earth Day celebration, President Nixon’s unlikely creation of the EPA, and beyond. In personal testimony, the era's pioneers – including Whole Earth Catalog founder Stewart Brand, Population Bomb author Paul Ehrlich, Apollo Nine astronaut Rusty Schweickart and renewable energy pioneer Hunter Lovins – reveal what originally motivated them to act, the political and social changes that have taken place over the years, and how they are moving forward now to forge positive change.
Directed by acclaimed documentarian Robert Stone, EARTH DAYS is both a poetic meditation on humanity's complex relationship with nature and an engaging history of the revolutionary achievements – and missed opportunities – of groundbreaking eco-activism.
Where? Varsity Theatre, 4329 University Way, NE Seattle, WA 98105 206-781-5755
**Solar energy pioneer/chief organizer of the original 1970 Earth Day, Denis Hayes, will be in person for Q&A FRI & SAT nights**