Film Festival Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial Street

April 22, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival comes to Bellingham! Join the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) and Huxley College of the Environment when they host the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour at the historic Mount Baker Theatre on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Huxley is also celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The films will be shown in the main Mount Baker Theatre chamber. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. on April 22. There will be a Community Fair in each of Mount Baker Theatre’s side rooms to learn about restoration, education and stewardship opportunities in Whatcom County.

The Film Festival will consist of three blocks of films each focusing on an environmental issue. Film blocks will start at 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00 p.m. followed by a question-and-answer period after each block.

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The Idea for the First Earth Day
Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson came up with the idea for a national day to focus on the environment after Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, witnessed the ravages of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, Senator Nelson realized that if he could infuse the energy of anti-war protests with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda.

Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media.

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment.

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