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About the Assignment

Each student will be assigned two events/people/laws related to environmental history. You will create a single slide on the shared Google Presentation for each part of history. The slides are already in order, you will just need to add your details. Do NOT get too wordy on the slides. Give us the basics. You can expand on the details when you present your part of history to the class. The presentations will be 1-2 minutes and you can use any notes you wish, but make sure to keep the class engaged and help them get the information they need.

Be ready to answer questions!      

Use the resources in this guide to help you find information. Remember to cite your sources and use your own words. For just this once, stay away from the Wikipedia!

Assignment Timeline

1800 World Population reaches 1 Billion

1862 Homestead Act

1872 Yellowstone National Park Act 

1890 John Muir 

1900 Lacey Act

1905 Teddy Roosevelt

1910 Gifford Pinchot 

1930 Aldo Leopold

1952 London Killer Fogs 

1955 Minamata Disaster

1960 Carbon Dioxide Levels reach 300 PPM (parts per million)

1960 Rachel Carson (Silent Spring)

1964 Wilderness Act

1968 Garrett Hardin

1968 Paul Erlich (The Population Bomb)

1970 Clean Air Act 

1970 National Protection Agency (NEPA)

1970 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

1972 London Dumping Convention 

1973 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) 

1973 Endangered Species Act

1974 World Population Reaches 4 Billion

1975 Love Canal 

1977 Clean Water Act 

1979 Three Mile Island 

1980 Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act

1983  Times Beach, MO 

1984 Bhopal Disaster 

1986 U.S. Bans Leaded Gasoline 

1986 Chernobyl Disaster 

1987 World Population Reaches 5 Billion

1987 Montreal Protocol

1988 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 

1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill 

1996 Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA)

1997 Kyoto Protocol 

1999 World Population Reaches 6 Billion

2000 Monsanto & Anniston (Alabama) 

2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill 

2011 World Population Reaches 7 Billion

2011 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 

2014 Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach 400 PPM (parts per million)

2015 Paris agreement