1. Explain the importance of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and the resulting developments; include Earth Day, the Creation of the EPA and modern day environmental policy CREATE AN EARTH DAY 2017 FLYER
    1. Rachel Carson –  who was she, what was her book, Silent Spring about, how did it prompt legislative action – explain Earth Day
    2. NEPA – what was NEPA, what does the EPA set out to do
    3. Major environmental policies that EPA is in charge of now,

Environment was also starting to become important to people. Rachel Carson for example started to join the movement of protecting the environment. She wrote a book called Silent Spring. In this book, her main focus was on the impact fertilizers and pesticides do to the environment. She published her research on what she has done with them and how they affect the food chain. It was a bestseller and she expected a lot of criticism, but she got the complete opposite. Because of her book, DDT was banned and the legislation created Earth Day which is a day used to bring attention to the environment and is still there every year.

NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) was signed on January 1, 1970. This is used to make sure that before the government can build something, they must make sure it will not affect the environment. This is ran by the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency). The agency’s goals are to basically protect the people from environmental issues, to protect the environment and global issues, and laws protecting human health and the environment are being enforced.

Reflection:

What I learned from this standard is that issues that are important are finally being important. I am also learning that if you want something to change, you must bring it into the spotlight and show that it needs to be changed. This has impacted the world because now the environment is important and there are people out there who are trying to protect it. Global warming is real and we need to start trying to save the environment as much as possible before everything is extinct for future generations.

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