Establishing Our Roots - Old-growth Podcast S1 E1
Short Co-host Intros
What's this podcast about?
Brief explanation of environmental policy history:
Conservation and Preservation a transcendentalist ideal (Thoreau, Muir)
T. Roosevelt established five national parks and signed the Antiquities Act that created 18 national monuments (including Grand Canyon) and set aside land for bird sanctuaries, game refuges, and national forests
Woodrow Wilson founded the National Park Service (1916)
1962 - Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring” was published regarding the consequences of pesticides, most notably DDT
Clean Air Act of 1963
Cuyahoga River catches on fire multiple times, late 60s
1950s - Love Canal site was sold and school built. In the 1970s, students began to be sick. Discovered that the school was built on a toxic ground. Led to superfund sites.
1970s - Modern environmental movement is born!
January 1, 1970 - National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of their proposed actions prior to making decisions
First Earth Day April 22, 1970
EPA founded December 2, 1970
Clean Water Act of 1972
U.S. Marine Mammal Protection of 1972
Endangered Species Act of 1973
Number of international agreements, most recently Paris Climate Accord in 2015