50 years ago in 1970, more than 20 million people mobilized to bring public attention to the environment by organizing the very first Earth Day. Generally agreed to be the start of the modern environmental movement, the first Earth Day was influenced by the growing awareness of ecological needs and the desire for society to reconnect with nature that emerged in the 1960s. The publication of Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring in 1962 was a harsh awakening for many Americans that our beautiful, dynamic planet is a limited resource. We must recognize and preserve our natural environments.
In celebration of 50 years of Earth Day, The Museum at Bethel Woods in partnership with Photoville brings you images from 21 international photographers which highlight our planet’s organic beauty, from sweeping landscapes to nature’s most delicate details.
We hope you are inspired to find the beauty in our precious Mother Earth wherever you go, even in your own back yard or local park. We can all work together to keep our environment beautiful!