A Fierce Green Fire
Learn how activists and politicians have reacted to climate change in this video from the American Masters film, A Fierce Green Fire. Given how complex of a problem it is, climate change was, and still is, a difficult topic to address. And unlike other environmental issues, groups have mobilized to refute claims that climate change is actually a problem. This video explores some of the difficulties that have been encountered in reaching agreements on climate change, like the Kyoto Protocol international treaty which was rejected by the United States.
See how concern about pollution led to the passing of major environmental laws in this video from the American Masters film, A Fierce Green Fire. While initially many technological innovations after World War II were welcomed, some of these new technologies had harmful side effects. In her book Silent Spring, Rachel Carson showed how some pesticides were threatening wildlife. After the first Earth Day in 1970, environmental laws like the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act were signed or strengthened and the Environmental Protection Agency was created.
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.