Friday, May 29, 2020

3 Social Elements of the Environmental Movement

The beginning of the modern environmental movement has often been associated with the publication of “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson in 1962. The book highlighted the dangers of uncontrolled pesticide use. Disasters during that decade, like the Lake Erie Fire in 1969, galvanized public outrage into activism. Subsequent pressure on the government produced legislation like the Clean Air Act of 1970 and the Clean Water Act of 1972. Earth Day, nationally celebrated for the first time on April 22, 1970, helped catapult environmentalism to the national stage. Collectively, these events helped bring resources and attention to the task of protecting the biosphere.
Some outcomes from these efforts are evident today. Academic pursuits, political initiatives and grassroots activism, all centered on environmental issues are significant elements of society.

Environmentalism in Education

The environmental process engineering field of study has expanded beyond traditional roles like wastewater treatment to include planning for consumer product lifecycle sustainability. Engineers in this specialty routinely evaluate business initiatives to project and reduce impacts on the environment. They also propose alternative methods and techniques to minimize the carbon footprint of industrial processes.

Environmentalism in Politics

Established in 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency has grown and been granted a regulatory role. EPA regulations affect practically all human activities that might damage natural resources. Laws such as the Clean Air Act are regularly reviewed and adjusted to factor in the, formerly unaccounted for, value of resources.

Environmentalism in Culture

Activist organizations like the Environmental Defense Fund propose projects and raise funds to reverse past damages due to inadequate oversight. They also draw attention to activities they perceive as threats to natural resources and lobby the government for better laws.
From humble beginnings as a response to grievous pollution and disregard for natural resources, environmentalism has flourished. Regulations enabled by law have helped curb the abuse of natural resources. Universities are educating sharp young minds to address increasingly complex, interrelated environmental problems. Activism plays an important watchdog role, publicizing relevant issues and raising funds for important initiatives. These accomplishments and others indicate that this movement will likely continue to thrive ensuring conservation and protection of the environment into the future.


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