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The modern environmental movement differed from an early form of environmentalism that flourished in the first decades of the twentieth century, usually called conservationism. Led by such figures as Theodore Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchotthe conservationists focused on the wise and efficient use of natural resources.
Modern environmentalism arose not out of a productionist concern for managing natural resources for future development, but as a consumer movement that demanded a clean, safe, and beautiful environment as part of a higher standard of living.
Since the demand for a cleaner, safer, and more beautiful environment that would enhance the quality of life could not be satisfied by the free market, environmentalists turned toward political action as the means to protect the earth.
Still, the preservationist strand of the conservationist movement was an important precursor to the modern environmental movement. As represented by such figures as John Muir of the Sierra Club and Aldo Leopold of the Wilderness Society, the preservationists argued that natural spaces such as forests and rivers were not just raw materials for economic development, but also aesthetic resources.
Thus, they stated that the government needed to protect beautiful natural spaces from development through such measures as establishing national parks.
Thus, preservationist ideas came to enjoy widespread popularity. No longer simply the province of small groups led by pioneers such as Muir and Leopold, preservationism became part of a mass movement.
Yet while preservationism was an important part of the environmentalism's goals, the movement's agenda was much broader and more diverse.
While preservationism focused on protecting specially designated nonresidential areas, environmentalists shifted attention to the effects of the environment on daily life.
In the s and s, the environmental movement focused its attention on pollution and successfully pressured Congress to pass measures to promote cleaner air and water. In the late s, the movement increasingly addressed environmental threats created by the disposal of toxic waste.
Toward the end of the century, the environmental agenda also included such worldwide problems as ozone depletion and global warming.
Environmentalism was based on the spread of an ecological consciousness that viewed the natural world as a biological and geological system that is an interacting whole. Ecologists emphasized human responsibility for the impact of their daily living on a wider natural world, fearing that human disruption of the earth's ecosystem threatened the survival of the planet.
The spread of ecological consciousness from the scientific world to the general public was reflected in popular metaphors of the planet as Spaceship Earth or Mother Earth.
An ecological consciousness was evident even in works of popular culture. Poison is the wind that blows from the north and south and east Radiation underground and in the sky, animals and birds who live near by all die What about this overcrowded land How much more abuse from man can she stand?
Growth of the Environmental Movement in the s and s Many historians find the publication of Rachel Carson 's Silent Spring in to be a convenient marker for the beginning of the modern American environmental movement.
Silent Springwhich spent thirty-one weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, alerted Americans to the negative environmental effects of DDT, a potent insecticide that had been used in American agriculture starting in World War II. Kennedy to establish a presidential advisory panel on pesticides.
More significantly, however, Silent Spring raised concerns that the unchecked growth of industry would threaten human health and destroy animal life—the title of the work referred to Carson's fear that the continued destruction of the environment would eventually make the birds who sang outside her window extinct.
Thus, Silent Spring conveyed the ecological message that humans were endangering their natural environment, and needed to find some way of protecting themselves from the hazards of industrial society.History of the Modern Environmental Movement in America environmental activism, but in the past five decades This concern over preservation and America’s wild spaces led to laws such as the Endangered Species Act.
Another thread of environmental concern was over the. environmental and historic preservation. Archaeologists may actually conduct archeological field The growing concern for the environment and preservation of archeological resources during the past ten to fifteen years the discipline has undergone dynamic change and the work of the Federal archeologist has grown and diversified with it.
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Here's my take on the top environmental issues of the past decade. The most significant environmental issue of was the environment. The first decade of the 21st century () was 10 years of change for the environment, as new environmental issues emerged and existing issues evolved.
Here's my take on the top environmental issues of the past decade. indeed to our very existence—continue to grow. Studies have consistently shown that scientists, policy makers, civil society to support and work for environmental preservation. In practice, environmental education is intended to ex- over the past decade.
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