Earthrise: Film and Discussion Guide | Global Oneness Project

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Earthrise: Film and Discussion Guide | Global Oneness Project


Interested to bring the story of the Earthrise photograph into your classroom? Earthrise, 30 minutes in length, tells the story of the image captured of the Earth from space on Apollo 8 in 1968. Told foley by the Apollo 8 astronauts—Bill Anders, Frank Borman, and Jim Lovell—the film recounts their experiences and explores the beauty, awe, and grandeur of the Earth against the blackness of space.

The Earthrise photograph had an everlasting impact on the astronauts and humanity, offering a powerful perspective that transcended national, political, and religious boundaries. It helped humanity to see our Earth as one ecosystem, kickstarting the environmental movement, and has become one of the most iconic and widely reproduced and distributed images in history. Offering an opportunity to remember this shift in perspective, Earthrise compels us to reflect on Earth as a shared home at this unprecedented time in history and to consider how we might build on the legacy of the Earthrise photograph, 50 years later.

How does the Earthrise photograph provide a context for what it means to be a global citizen? This film will encourage students to explore this question.

A full length discussion/companion guide is available to download for free as well. The Earthrise discussion guide offers suggestions for exploring the 30-minute film Earthrise in instructional contexts. It provides strategies and techniques to inspire inquiry and reflection as well as challenge students' perspectives.

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