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Growth of the Green Movement

The Growth Of The Green Movement Green Movement History Legislation Passed Root Of Environmentalism & The Rise Of Conservation - 19th century: 1832 - Hot Springs Reservation 1864 - Yosemite Valley Early interest in the environment was a feature of the Romantic movement in the early 19th century. The origins of the environmental movement lay in the response to increasing levels of smoke pollution in the atmosphere during the Industrial Revolution 1872 - Yellowstone National Park 1892 - Sierra Club The Rise Of Conservation - early 20 century: 1916 - National Park Service Organic Act & National Audubon Society President Roosevelt put conservationist issue high on the national agenda, establishing numerous national parks and animal right protections. 1961 - World Wildlife Foundation 1964 - Land and Water Conservation Act & National Wilderness Preservation System 1968 - National Trails System Act & National Wild and Scenic Rivers System/Wild and Scenic Rivers Act Activism & The Birth Of The Treehuggers - mid 2oth century: 1969 - National Environmental Policy Act The late 1960s through the 1990s saw the rise of radical environmental activism against corporate mistreatment of the land. Major oil spills, endangerment of animals from clear-cutting and the building of dams in landmarks stirred activist to chain-link themselves to trees in 1970 - First Earth Day (April 22) & Clean Air Act 1971 - Greenpeace protest. 1972 - Clean Water Act 1973 - Endangered Species Act 1980 - Earth First! 1992 - UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro Popularity of Going Green Sobering international events, catastrophic weather, visible climate change, 9/n and war, gas shortages and scientific consensus legitimized environmental concerns during the early years of the new century. Al Gore's blockbuster film An Inconvenient Truth seared the climate crisis into the popular consciousness. Suddenly, the problems were obvious everywhere you looked: our food was chemically treated and genetically modified, our water was contaminated with toxic chemicals, our resources were running out, our wasteful habits were filling landfills, New Orleans was virtually destroyed, and gas prices were soaring - to name but a few key issues that have spurred millions to "go green". Plastic Bag Ban: San Francisco became the first city in the nation to adopt a ban on plastic shopping bags in April 2007. Styrofoam Ban: New York City became first city in the nation to adopt a ban on polystyrene (Styrofoam) containers on Dec. 2013. Following NYC lead, San Jose approved the ban which began on January, 2014 for multi-state chain restaurants. Smaller local restaurants have until January of 2015, except for businesses that qualify for a hardship exemption. 128 U.S. cities and territories have followed suit. Zero Waste Initiative: San Francisco will be the first city to be zero waste free by 2020. Mandatory Recycling & Composting Ordinance: Arguably, one of the most successful recycling mandates currently implemented in the U,S. is the one in Seattle. The city passed its mandatory recycling law in 2006 as a way to counter declining recycling rates there. Another zero-waste leader is Seattle, they hope to be zero waste free by 2022. On June 23rd, the City of San Francisco signed into effect the nation's first law mandating that all residents and businesses separate their recycling and compost material from normal trash. While many other cities in the US require recycling, no other city requires separation of food scraps and foot material to be composted. 8 US. counties and 10 U.S. cities have joined the initiative. 100% RECYCLED Greenest Cities of the 21st Century Rankings are based on their implementation of programs and policies intended to make the city more sustainable. Each city was awarded a point for undertaking one of the 38 programs or policies listed by Corporate Knights, in categories such as smart growth, land-use planning, pollution prevention and other categories. 1. San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR & Seattle, WA • tied for ist place • score: 35/38 2. Denver, CO • score: 33/38 3. Albuquerque, NM, Charlotte, NC & Oakland, CA • tied for 3rd place • score: 32/38 4. Chicago, IL, Columbus, OH, Minneapolis, MN, Philadelphia, PA, Phoenix, AZ & Sacramento, CA • tied for 4th place • score: 31/38 5. New York, NY, San Diego & San Jose, CA • tied for 5th place • score: 30/38 6. Austin, TX, Dallas, TX, Fort Worth, TX, Nashville-Davidson, TN, Tuscan, AZ & Washington, D.C. • tied for 6th place • score: 29/38 7. Boston, MA, Los Angeles, CA & Kansas City, MO • tied for 7th place • score: 28/38 Sources: Presented By: FASTHAUL

Growth of the Green Movement

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The roots of the “green” movement, now present throughout the world, originated during the industrial revolution as citizens first became aware of the negative impacts of pollution. Today, with ev...


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