Last Friday I took an exam and finished my first year of university. Most students probably want to move on as quickly as possible after the stress of revision, but this exam was on something I study in my free time: environmental issues and management.
An interesting part of the module I had to revise was the history and growth of the modern environmental movement.
Above are photos of a timeline I sketched out to help me remember some of the key moments in the movement’s development.
Environmentalism as we know it is considered by many to have started when Rachel Carson wrote the bestselling Silent Spring in 1962, a book about the effect of pesticides (particularly DDT) on wildlife and biodiversity. The book caused a huge stir, and as I understand it it was the first time the public was made aware of the domino effect caused by human action…
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