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Earth Day, a Story of Success

Progresses and Backstrokes of American Environmentalism During the Last Forty Years

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2011
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22
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9783640830015
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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2010 im Fachbereich Amerikanistik - Kultur und Landeskunde, Note: 1,7, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Amerika Institut), Veranstaltung: American Environmental History, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Earth Day, a Story of Success: Progresses and Backstrokes of American Environmentalism During the Last Forty Years 1. Introduction Everybody has heard of Earth Day at least once in a lifetime.Earth Day has been celebrated for the first time on April 22, 1970 in the whole United States.It was the largest demonstration that should ever take place in this country. Twenty million people, from coast to coast, gathered in cities around the nation to speak up for nature and to make environmentalism a political issue. Today Earth Day is solemnized in over 175 countries around the globe; some local communities even dedicate themselves to the environmental good throughout a longer period, in a so-calledEarth Week or Earth Month around April 22.This year Earth Day has celebrated its 40th anniversary, but what has changed within these four decades? Did Earth Day and the idea behind it accomplish its goals, is the job to remedy the circumstance of our environment done or did it fail?Which environmental challenges did people face in the 1970s and which challenges do we face today? These questions are not easily answered. The founder of Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson had the ideology to inspire awareness and appreciation for the earth's natural environment among people. It is sure that Nelson did not invent environmentalism; the environmental movement had its precursor in the conservation movement. Especially considering that ecologists like Aldo Leopold or Rachel Carson had set the benchmark for ecology and environmentalism with their literature earlier. Nevertheless, Senator Gaylord Nelson was the first politician who realizedthat environmentalism was the most urgent task of the 20th century. It is a fact that environmentalism gained credence at the dawn of the 1970s environmentalism was no longer ignored, but fully respected by public, media and policy. Since then the U.S.Congress passed over thirty environmental laws and established offices, but is plain legislation enough? 'Think Globally. Act Locally.' has been the Earth Day motto ever since, but indeed it is hard tomanage to live this way, to act locally for earth's and nature's sake.Undeniably, it is important to transform our society into a sustainable society, but first of all it is crucial to understand the structure of consumption in the Western world, especially the USA lot of changes will be necessary to strike a new path for environmentalism, for true and deep ecology. [...]

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