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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 

Rachel Carson –  who was she, what was her book, Silent Spring about, how did it prompt legislative action – explain Earth Day

Rachel Carson was a marine biologist, environmentalist and writer who alerted the world to the environmental impact of fertilizers and pesticides. Her best known book was called Silent Spring. This book led to a presidential commission that largely endorsed her findings and helped to shape a growing environmental consciousness. Earth Day was created in 1970 after Carson’s book alerted the public. The idea of earth day was to focus on the environment on a national day.

NEPA – what was NEPA, what does the EPA set out to do

The NEPA stood for the National Environmental Policy Act. NEPA requires federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of their proposed actions prior to making decisions. The range of actions covered by NEPA is broad and includes: making decisions on permit applications, adopting federal land management actions, and constructing highways and other publicly-owned facilities.

Major environmental policies that EPA is in charge of now

It includes the following actions:  making decisions on permit applications, adopting federal land management actions, and constructing highways and other publicly-owned facilities.

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Reflection

I am a huge supporter of all things that are good for the environment. I loved learning about Rachel Carson and how she sought to protect our environment. Today, it is important that we don’t forget the information that she passed on to us. We all too often neglect the environment when we should value the land that we live on.

Resources

https://www.epa.gov/laws-regulations

http://www.biography.com/people/rachel-carson-9239741

 

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