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