The Environmental Movement: Protecting Our Natural Resourcesby Liz Sonneborn
In 1962, zoologist Rachel Carson published Silent Spring, a wake-up call describing the dangerous effects of the pesticide DDT on the environment. Delivering a message that Americans were ready to hear, Carson's book inaugurated a social and political phenomenon-the modern environmental movement. The Environmental Movement describes the movement's roots, high-lighting the influences of early American environmentalists such as Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and Aldo Leopold. It also recounts the movement's heyday in the 1970s, during which Earth Day celebrations and popular protests helped spur the federal government to establish the Environmental Protection Agency and enact landmark environmental legislation. Although in the 1980s and 1990s, political concerns, industrial resistance, and public apathy threatened the movement, it still continued to grow, constantly broadening the issues it embraced. The Environmental Movement also looks to the future of the movement, exploring its readiness to meet the enormous challenge of the global environmental problems of the twenty-first century.
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