Earth Days – Documentary Film Analysis

Earth Days Documentary

Earth Days is a documentary film that narrates the story of the first Earth Day. We have been celebrating Earth Day for many years, but there is a history of how it all started. The celebration of Earth day in 1970 was very successful, and many movements and actions made it happen.


There were many incentives for people to attend Earth day. In the past decade, several environmental movements started worrying about ecological conservation. Even though not all the campaigns were as successful, people got a lot of exposure to these new ideas. There were also many books published that talked about population growth, scarce resources, pesticides, etc.

People were exposed to this new knowledge, new knowledge that was asking them for a change in behavior. Some politicians also joined the movement, embracing environmental laws and motivating people to attend and make a change. Some years before the first Earth Day, the boom of scientific discoveries started. Science and technology were breaking many barriers, but most of the new technologies did not have an eco-friendly focus.

People were worried about the future and thought that by attending Earth day, they would be part of the change. People got information about global warming and ecological issues from external sources. The primary motivation for attending Earth Day was to have more hope in the future.

Why was it so successful?

The massive success of Earth Day in 1970 can be explained in economic terms. It can be a supply and demand relationship. Activists fabricated Earth Day to create conscience about environmental issues. There were advertisements and public figures that helped promote the event. People had to pay with time and effort to attend the event. Even though they were not going to get anything tangible coming back from the event, the event had a high perceived value. People recognized that going to the event was going to make a change, and the change was going to give them future benefits.

Earth Day is not as big as it was the first time it was organized. The first movement was organized a few years after scientists and scholars realized this big problem humankind was facing. There was no conscience towards environmental issues. Now there are more restrictions on corporations and to people to lower pollution. Laws restrict the number of emissions a factory can have and encourage them to reduce them as much as possible. Earth Day is not as big nowadays because the sense of urgency is not as high as it was before; we already started making changes.

The population number correlates to pollution in several ways. The more population we have, the more carbon emissions will be produced. The increasing population obligates people to build larger metropolis with overcrowding conditions. Overcrowded cities usually have above average emissions and large amounts of waste. More population creates more demand, but its pollution reduces the number of available resources.