April 20, 2010

Robert Redford looks back on 40 years since 1st Earth Day. Photos.

Robert Redford on the Beautiful, Fragile West

In 1970, the year that Earth Day was first celebrated, Robert Redford stands in a wintry landscape with the snowy mountains of Utah, the state he now calls home, as his backdrop. Since that time, Redford has been a tireless supporter of environmental causes, fighting to preserve America’s natural beauty and resources. As Earth Day rolls around again (April 22), LIFE.com asked the filmmaker and activist to choose his favorite photos of Western landscapes, and to explain why it’s so important we take steps now to protect them.

There’s a re-inspiring slideshow about Nature and the Wild West and the 40 year history of Earth Day with photos and captions by/of Robert Redford.

Click above for photos and captions via LIFE, and click here for the NRDC audio slideshow with commentary (which I particularly appreciated).

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