What is the link between this image and the birth of environmental awareness?

Earthrise is a photograph of the Earth and parts of the Moon's surface taken by astronaut William Anders in 1968, during the Apollo 8 mission. Nature photographer Galen Rowell declared it "the most influential environmental photograph ever taken." (Source)


NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) recently captured this amazing Overview of Earth while orbiting around the moon. This individual image was composed from a series of shots taken on October 12 2015 when the LRO was about 83 miles (134 kilometers) above the moon and traveling faster than 3,580 miles per hour (over 1,600 meters per second) relative to the lunar surface below. Image courtesy of NASA. [source]


key outcomes of earthrise

  1. birth of ideas such as sustainable development

  2. birth and growth of pressure groups and environmental organisations such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, both founded in 1971

  3. the rise of the influence of these organisations in Big Government - the US Environment Protection Agency was founded in 1970; Britain's Department of the Environment in 1972


  1. What is Earthrise and why is it important for the birth of environmental awareness?
  2. Read and make notes on pp 125-126 HL book