Background • Before Earth Day was founded, air, water, and land pollution were rampant as industries paid little attention to the environment.
Examples • Most cars were bulky, and got poor gas mileage.
Examples • Freeways popped up all over America, allowing cars to travel faster from place to place.
Examples • Harmful pesticides were used that seeped into ground water.
Examples • The Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio was so polluted that it caught fire 13 times!! • Sparks from passing trains would ignite pollutants, such as oil, and literally catch the river on fire.
The EPA • On January 1, 1970, the National Environment Protection Act was put into place. • This helped to establish the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA. • The EPA is responsible for managing environmental risks and regulating various sanitary-specific policies.
The EPA Today Handles: • Acid Rain • Air pollution • Beaches • Chemicals • Climate Change • Coasts • Drinking Water • Estuaries • Garbage • Greenhouse Gases • Green Living • Hazardous Spills • Hazardous Waste • Health and Safety • Indoor Air Quality • Land cleanup • Land Issues • Lawn and garden care • Oceans • Watersheds • Wetlands
Earth Day • Earth Day was founded on April 22, 1970 by concerned citizens. The following slides detail some concerns we have for the environment.
Recycling • Recycling is also extremely important. Recycling varies from town to town, but common items can be recycled.
Top 10 things to recycle: • Aluminum • PET Plastic Bottles (Water Bottles) • Newspapers • Cardboard • Steel Cans • HDPE Plastic Bottles (Hard Plastics like milk containers) • Glass Containers • Magazines • Mixed Paper • Computers
Reminder • We can all make a difference! Be sure to recycle and don’t litter! Simple choices lead to a happier planet!
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