The Green Movement
Medical attention was sought for a 23-month-old toddler because of anorexia, weight loss, irritability, profuse sweating, peeling and redness of his fingers and toes, and a miliarial rash. The diagnosis was mercury poisoning, and an investigation of his environment disclosed that he had been exposed to mercury from broken fluorescent light bulbs. (Tunnessen 786)
Fluorescent light bulbs pose a serious danger to our health as well as significant risk of contaminating our environment.
Mercury and other heavy metal poisoning, as well as habitat contamination and destruction, could become commonplace if we don’t proceed cautiously in implementing Green solutions. To understand the problems with many of the
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The first environmentalist organization, the Sierra Club, was founded by John Muir and Professor Henry Senger in 1892. John Muir was a naturalist who was heavily influenced by the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson. John Muir and the Sierra Club’s first battle was their opposition to the creation of the Hetch Hetchy Dam in Yosemite National Park. The Sierra Club tried for seven years to stop construction of the dam, but lost when Congress passed a bill in 1913 approving construction of the dam. The Sierra Club continues to fight for environmental causes to this day. Nearly a century passed since the beginning of the transcendentalist period with very few environmental laws being enacted. All of that changed in 1962 with the publishing of Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson. Wikipedia states, “The book documented detrimental effects of pesticides on the environment, particularly on birds. Carson accused the chemical industry of spreading disinformation, and public officials of accepting industry claims uncritically (n.p.).” Carson’s book focused public attention on environmental problems, and spurred the creation of Green Movement groups like Green Peace in the USA, formed in the 1970, and Die Grünen (The Greens) in Germany, formed in the 1980. The green movement got help in the 1970s and 1980s with the 1973 "Arab Oil Crisis" and the 1979 energy crisis. These crises led governments to provide tax breaks or