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Title: Environmental Issues

Environmental Issues
  • The birth of Activism in the U.S.

  • In the U.S. democracy, the idea that the
    government should bend to the will of the people
    is one of the dearest ideals. When citizens see
    a problem, they are free, and even obligated, to
    get the government to solve the problem for the
    good of the entire population.
  • What kinds of problems should the government
    solve for citizens?

  • Hunters, fishermen, and naturalists began seeing
    problems with the environment as early as the
    1850s. They began applying pressure on the
    government to write legislation to protect the
  • How can citizens apply pressure on the

  • Hunters hunt for a variety of reasons food,
    clothing, sport, and protection.
  • Why would hunters want to protect the environment?

  • Hunters and fishermen buy licenses and tags each
    year to participate in the sport they love.
  • How do those purchases help protect the

  • The following slides have a list of environmental
    activists and environmental legislations in the
    history of the U.S. Each member of your group
    needs to research one of each (1 activist, and 1
    piece of legislation).

  • George Perkins March John Muir
    Gifford Pinchot
  • Pres.
    Theodore Roosevelt
  • Robert Sterling Aldo Leopold Julia
    Butterfly Hill Pres. Jimmy Carter
  • Information Why did they become activists?

    Did they help any environmental legislation get
  • Were they a part of any
    environmental publications?
  • Did they pressure the
    government to act? How?

  • 1872 Congress makes Yellowstone Park the worlds
    1st official National Park
  • 1891 Congress passes the Forest Reserve Act which
    became the basis for the National Forest system
  • 1916 National Park Service is founded
  • 1955 Air Pollution Control Act comes into law
  • 1964 Wilderness Act is passed
  • 1969 National Environmental Policy act comes into
    effect (led to the development of the
    Environmental Protection Agency)
  • 1970 Clean Air Act
  • 1972 DDT is banned
  • 1973 Endangered Species Act
  • 1978 Love Canal issue

Legislation Information
  • What was the major issue(s) involved?
  • Were there any economic issues involved?
  • What groups supported the legislation? Who
    opposed it?
  • What effects has the legislation had, good and

PowerPoint 2 Environmental Issues, Birth of
Activism Discussion
  • What is the purpose of gov. in the U.S.? How
    does it help the people?
  • Students should cite examples of gov. aid such
    as social security, Medicaid, unemployment,
    police, firefighters, etc.
  • If citizens notice a problem, what avenues can
    they take to fix the problem?
  • Students should cite examples such as using the
    court system, writing their representatives,
    advertising the problem through protest, tec.
  • For what reasons do most hunters hunt in the
    present day?
  • Sport, food
  • How do hunters and fishermen support
  • Licenses purchased help support conservation

  • Project Rubric (Individual)
  • At least 1 piece of legislation and one activist
    were addressed in presentation.
  • 50 points (25 points for leg. / 25 points
    for activist)
  • The required information was presented in the
    Activist portion 20 points
  • (Some required information missing 10 points)
  • The required information was presented in the
    Legislation portion 20 points
  • (Some required information missing 10 points)
  • Information was well thought out and presented in
    an organized manner 10 points (Level of
    organization could receive 0-10 points)
  • Group Rubric
  • An audio-visual such as a poster, power point, or
    other device was created with ideas from all
    members of the group 75 points (missing
    information from each member worth up to 25
  • The audio-visual contains a timeline of all of
    the activists and legislations passed for the
    entire group 25 points
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