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Environmental Background

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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Ethics book series (BRIEFSETHIC, volume 6)

Abstract

The growth of “environmentalism” in the United States is traced from the earliest efforts to preserve the American wilderness through the politicization of environmental crises, real and perceived, to Earth Day and the national commitment to protect the natural environment and human health. The initial opposition between private enterprise and an orientation to the natural environment is briefly sketched, and the emerging obligation to shepherd products from “cradle to grave”.

Keywords

John Muir Aldo Leopold Rachel Carson Garrett Hardin Norman Borlaug Barry Commoner Love Canal Bhopal Exxon Valdez 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fairfield UniversityShelburneUSA

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