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Earth Days


Produced for the PBS series The American Experience, this talking-heads documentary by Robert Stone offers a dull, congratulatory chronicle of the U.S. environmental movement, beginning with the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and concluding with the election of Ronald Reagan 18 years later. Along the way, Stone reintroduces some important thinkers who succeeded in shifting the public debate, like Paul Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb (1968), and Dennis Meadows, who cowrote The Limits to Growth (1972). But the problems they identified are so complex and various, and the threats they posed are so much greater after three decades of foot-dragging, that this trip down memory lane often seems more indulgent than productive. 102 min.

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Director: Robert Stone

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