Environmental Science 101
History of Environmentalism Study Guide


After the "History of Environmentalism" lecture and readings you should be able to answer and discuss the following questions.

Describe the major environmental attitudes during the Tribal Era.

What is meant by a "frontier environmental worldview"?

What book was written by Henry David Thoreau, and what are the major environmental themes presented?

What book was written by George Perkins Marsh, and what are the major environmental themes presented?

What environmental works were done by the Civilian Conservation Corps?

When did the Peace Corps form, and how is this agency working on environmental issues?

What is significant about the book, Silent Spring?

What events triggered the United Kingdom's first clean air act?

What events triggered the United States' first clean air act?

What are the significant difference between the 1963 Clean Air Act and the expanded 1970 Clean Air Act?

What impact has this Act had on air quality?

What is the mission of the Environmental Protection Agency?

What are the major aims of the Environmental Protection Agency?

Why is the Apollo 8 lunar mission important from an environmental perspective?

What roll did hippies play in U.S. environmentalism?

Why is the 1970's considered to be the environmental decade?

Which Acts during this decade are the most important?

What have been the major trends in environmentalism during the 1980's until the present?

Since the 1980's, why have Republicans in Congress been consistently working against the environmental laws and acts that were passed during the 1970's?

Which industries are primarily responsible for the anti-environmental attitude amoung conservatives? Why do these industries, in particular, wish to remove environmental protections?