Racheal Carson was a writer, scientist and ecologist. She is credited with being the founder of the Contemporary Environmental Movement. She also wrote a book called Silent Spring which spotlighted the dangers that pesticides were having on the environment. This book was met with fierce opposition from pharmaceutical companies who were producing and profiting off of these pesticides. This book along with researched evidence forced the4 nationwide ban on a popular pesticide notable named DDT. As a result of her work and dedication to her work, The Environmental Protection Agency was created and Mrs. Racheal Carson was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter.
Paul Ehrlich was an American Biologist who was known for his predictions on population growth. Most of his predictions turned out to be false. One of his most notable predictions where that the Earth would eventually over populate causing mass starvation. While most of his ideals were useless, they did cause a worldwide awareness to bring population growth to the forefront of the Environmental issue.
Earth Day began in 1970 by a guy named Gaylord Nelson. The idea was to pick a day to teach people about the environment and the issues surrounding it. He assembled a staff of 85 to promote events and teach-ins across the land. On April 22nd, 1970, 20 Million people across the country participated in different events, rallies, protest and demonstrations to teach or cause awareness for their respected environmental cause. This also was a contribution to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. This also birthed the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts and Endangered Species Acts.
The Snail Darter controversy and the Tennessee Valley Authority was the name given to the delay of construction on the Tellico Dam in 1973. A species called the snail darter was found while doing construction. A lawsuit ensued stating that they could not alter the natural environment of the snail darter....