Ch 32 Sec 4 Environmental Activism
Environmental Activism in the '70s
Terms in this set (8)
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
Book by marine biologist warns pesticides are poisoning food chain, killing fish and birds. Started environmental movement.
Celebration of Earth started in 1970 to highlight environmental awareness, stop pollution, stop over use of natural resources.
Person who takes an active role in protecting the environment.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
New government agency with power to set and enforce environmental laws. Created by Nixon.
Clean Air Act (1970)
Gave government authority to set air quality standards that limited pollution.
Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act
Gave millions of acres to native tribes. Protected land from development by oil, gas, mining industries.
Debate over Nuclear Energy
Some promote nuclear energy as a way to end dependence on foreign oil. Produces no pollution, but waste is radioactive for centuries, accidents possible.
Three Mile Island
1979 accident at Pennsylvania nuclear power plant. Some radiation escapes, area is evacuated. Some call for end to nuclear power plants.
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