This timeline of key moments in environmental history and the environmental movement is adapted from Tom Turner’s chronology for American Earth, an anthology edited by Bill McKibben. The timeline includes important early writing, the first conservation groups, disasters, legislation, community and non-profit activism, and more. Early Environmental Writing and Advocacy Seminal works that serve as milestones […]
Women around the world have had to defend the natural resources their communities depend upon. In this web exclusive video, learn why the Indian women of the Chipko Movement became known as tree huggers and what their defensive tactics were. The Kenyan environmental and political activist Wangari Maathai (1940 – 2011) founded the Green Belt […]
American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire premieres on Earth Day, April 22, 2014 at 9 pm on PBS. Follow the film’s stories in this interactive map of the environmental movement’s hot spots of activism and urgency in the 20th century.