The Late Movies: Happy Earth Day!

Mark Arminio

Today, fellow citizens of this planet, is Earth Day. First founded by Sen. Gaylord Nelson on April 22nd, 1970, Earth Day has become a massive global event. For tonight's Late Movies, here are a series of clips that look at the history of this day, as well as a few that will remind you of the beauty and wonder of this massive spinning rock we inhabit.

Here is Part 1 of the one-hour prime-time CBS News Special Report called "Earth Day: A Question of Survival," narrated by Walter Cronkite, which aired after the first Earth Day in 1970.

Here is a clip from Earth Day 08, showing some amazing and beautiful scenes of nature.

Many _flossers have probably seen these next clips. The Discovery Channel constructed a series of ads for its programming with a song called "I Love The Whole World." If you haven't seen them, they are joyful and catchy and simply beautiful.

This is another Discovery commercial. Watch out for Cash Cab host Ben Bailey about mid-way through.

Another clip showing some amazing scenes from planet Earth.

A History of the Sky is a project aimed at taking a time lapse video of the sky every day for a year. Here is a clip of the first 126 days of the project.

Back in 2006, the BBC released Planet Earth, an 11-part series that explored different locations and the creatures that inhabit them. If you haven't seen it yet, I can't recommend it enough. Here is a short trailer for the series.

Finally, I'll leave you with a little humor. Lewis Black, appearing on The Daily Show, gives his unique perspective on Earth Day.

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