BI 105A Environmental Biology. Professor Jill Nissen Montgomery College Fall 2006. Chapter 2. Environmental Laws, Economics, and Ethics. The History of U.S. Conservation and Environmental Movements . 1607 - First permanent English Colony in Jamestown VA
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Professor Jill Nissen
Environmental Laws, Economics, and Ethics
1607 - First permanent English Colony in Jamestown VA
The first 2 centuries were a time of widespread destruction
In the 1800’s, many US Naturalists voiced concerns about conserving natural resources
1872 – First National park established (Yellowstone National Park)
1875 – Citizens formed the American Forestry Association
1906 – Congress passed the Antiquities Act, giving the president power to set aside National Monuments
1916 – Congress created the National Park Service
In the 1930’s, the American Dust Bowl alerted the US citizens about the need for soil conservation
In the 1960’s, the media increased coverage of environmental incidents
1970 – First nationally celebrated Earth Day
1970 – Environmental Protection Agency formed
1970 – National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) signed into law
Since 1970, Congress has passed almost 40 major environmental laws (Table 2.1)
Economics is the study of how people use their limited resources to try to satisfy their unlimited wants
Economics depends on the natural environment to provide ecosystem resources and services
What is the moral basis of environmental responsibility, and how far does this responsibility extend?
WesternWhat’s Your Worldview?