Charlton Heston: Prophet of the Eco-Apocalypse?
The first Earth Day in 1970 represented humans as earth's savior, but only because humans also appeared to be earth's destroyer. No popular avatar better captured this tension between humanity as savior and humanity as destroyer than Charlton Heston, whose films pioneered the genre of post-apocalyptic eco-catastrophe.
A Year Without Summer — Apocalyptic Paintings of the 1815 Mount Tambora Eruption
Courtney Blazon explores, in surreal detail, the effects of the eruption of Mount Tambora on the island of Sumbawa in 1815, capturing disease, death, folklore, climate change and even the birth of Frankenstein.
Youngstown exposes a fundamental feature of industrial life for many blue-collar American workers -- the degradation of the environment was synonymous with prosperity and financial security.
Whitey on the Moon
In 90 seconds, Gil Scott-Heron eviscerates the nation’s economic priorities, contrasting the spending to put a man on the moon to the environmental degradation experienced in urban African-American communities.
London's calling and it's drowning. “The ice age is coming, the sun is zooming in / Meltdown expected, the wheat is growin' thin.” Environmental apocalypse looms in Joe Strummer’s vision, and for good reason.
Planet Rock: Environmental Histories of Songs
From the redwood forests to Standing Rock, in the ghetto and on the moon, our environments have shaped our music. We may live on a hungry planet, even a poison planet, but we also live on planet rock.