Over at TreeHugger, they’ve published an article celebrating the 45th anniversary of Earthrise, a photograph of the Earth from the Moon that, the article claims, is “the iconic photo that created the modern environmental movement”.
Maybe I’m out of the loop of the modern environmental movement, but I’ve never thought of my environmentalism as motivated by space travel, or by any single photograph. My environmentalism has to do with my direct experience of nature, and the resulting wish to preserve it.
Am I an outlier in this regard? Was environmentalism really created by this photograph?