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        The Environmental Movement and the First Earth Day

        Learn about the first Earth Day in this video from the American Masters film, A Fierce Green Fire. Interest in conservation increased during the 1960s as people became more aware of pollution, endangered species, and Earth’s unique characteristics. The first official Earth Day was held in April 1970 and included large demonstrations across the country in support of the environment.

        See the Support Materials for an activity using documents from the first Earth Day.

        For additional resources and to purchase the film, visit the film's official web site.  


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