Environmental Science Worksheet

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1. “What would you include in a brief summary on the history of the environmental movement?” Prior to the 1960’s very few people had ever heard of ecology, and very rarely did the word environment ever become synonymous with a political or social issue (Botkin & Keller, 2011). It was not until 1962 that the environmental movement became popular and can be dated back to the publication of a momentous book titled Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. This book discussed the dangers that chemicals could cause to the environment and human beings, and seemed to strike a chord with many leaders and the general public. During this movement a few environmental events had occurred for example, disastrous oil spills and the possible “extinction of species like whales, songbirds, and elephants” (Botkin & Keller, 2011, Ch. 1). These events helped draw even more awareness, and helped make the environment a popular issue. Two groups were then formed, the environmentalist and the anti-environmentalists. Environmentalist believed that the world was in jeopardy whereas “anti-environmentalist believed that no matter the environmental effect, social and economic health and progress were necessary for people and civilization to prosper” (Botkin & Keller, 2011, Ch. 1). Ultimately, this movement helped make the environment just as important as social and political issues. It has also help open many eyes in regard to finding ways of addressing, solving, and managing the environment and its issues. 2. “Explain the main point concerning exponential growth and whether it is good or bad. Compare exponential growth to a logistic growth curve and explain how these might apply to human population growth. What promotes exponential growth? What constrains population growth?” Good or Bad- Exponential growth “means that the annual growth rate is a constant percentage of the
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