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Space Age Environmentalism: How Photographs of Earth From Space Launched the Environmental Movement
During the late 1960s and early 1970s photographs of Earth taken from outer space became important visual elements of the burgeoning environmental movement. The Earthrise (1968) and Whole Earth (1972) photographs taken by NASA during this period soon began appearing on posters, T-shirts, and other promotional materials for dozens of environmental organizations before and after the first Earth Day in 1970. Yet the history of these images suggests a more complex story, indicating that it took time for these photographs from space to become environmental icons. This webinar will trace how Earthrise, and the even better known Whole Earth image, became “green" only later due, in part, to the capture of global ecological data by NASA and its Earth-observing satellites.

Feb 27, 2020 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Neil Maher
Professor of History @New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University at Newark
Neil M. Maher is a professor of history in the Federated History Department at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University at Newark, where he teaches American environmental and political history. He has published articles in academic journals including Social History, Environmental History, the Western Historical Quarterly, and most recently, Modern American History. His most recent book, Apollo in the Age of Aquarius (Harvard University Press), examines the interrelationship between the space race and the grassroots political struggles of the 1960s era, including those involving the civil rights, anti-Vietnam war, environmental, feminist, counterculture, and conservative movements. The book was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title (2017) and a Bloomberg View Must Read Book (2017), and recently received the Eugene M. Emme best book award from the American Astronautical Society (2017).