Sustainable Living

The History of the Green Movement

Interesting Points That Define Our Existence

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In every grain of sand there is a story of the earth. ~Rachel Carson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In order to correctly asses the Green Movement and its effects on our environment, we have to answer a question first: What is the Green Movement?

It is interesting to know that this movement has significantly evolved since its early days.

Although many people do not know it, the Green Movement began in 1830s. Since those days, environmentalism has proven that it was not a form of hysteria or a transient trend but a necessity that would have become increasingly important in time.

As a matter of fact, the Green Movement is deeply rooted in the philosophy of many countries all over the world. Over the years, the environmentalism was active and idealistic, practical and innovative, finally becoming the quintessence of our existence.

What Does Environmentalism Mean Today?

Defined as a movement linked to protecting the ecosystems, the environmentalism is currently focusing on health and ecology.

Another important area of this conceptual movement relates to human rights (we have the right to live in a clean environment). In order to understand what the Green Movement is all about and how everything started, the next paragraphs present the most essential phases of environmentalism.

  • The Roots: Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was a seminal American publication on respecting nature and conserving its natural values. George Perkins Marsh is another illustrious personality who has also championed the concept of preserving the environment. The Maine Woods by Henry D. Thoreau is a classic novel on the splendor of nature, and the negative impact that human activity within it can have.
  • American Pragmatism: Pragmatism has a lot to do with conceptualizing the steps for conserving the nature. The act that ended the pragmatism era was the Forest Reserve Act.
  • Far Beyond Conservation: While the environmental efforts were focused on nature conservation, none was paying attention to personal elements, such as consumer products, food, and safety. Thus, while an entire society was preoccupied with saving the environment, there were no actions connected to reducing pollution. 
  • When Things Become Personal: The Cold War era brought to light new concepts that were meant to redefine the Green Movement. Besides saving the environment, more and more environmentalists were concerned about the impact of pollution on our planet. During the Cold War, the first environmental protection agency was finally founded. 
  • Activism: The activism of 1970s brought along a few more concepts, which were connected to the effects of pollution on our environment. These concepts have convinced multiple organizations to get involved in the Green Movement, trying to eliminate waste and pollution.

These are the most important stages of the history of the Green Movement. After the activism of 1970s, the humanity entered a new era, known as the modern environmentalism.

Key Points of the Modern Environmentalism

The modern Green Movement is characterized by actions that are meant to combat the catastrophic effects of climate changes, international environmental events, and gas shortages on the planet.

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Furthermore, popular consciousness has become more and more active, defining new directions in the Green Movement.

Our environmental problems have become obvious since chemically treated foods, genetically modified seeds, chemically contaminated water and other issues started to characterize our daily lives.

Besides all these, our resource stocks are dwindling.

These are just a few issues that have convinced more and more people to embrace the Green Movement.

The modern Green Movement is all about finding new methods to protect our planet and convincing people to opt for eco-friendly solutions.

All over the world, people are concerned with the environmental problems that lead to catastrophic weather and dangerous health conditions.

In order to counter the effects of pollution on the environment, we need to conserve what we have left.

Additionally, it is important to develop eco-friendly consumption as much as possible.

In order to sustain the Green Movement, numerous individuals are going green by choosing organic foods, composting, recycling and understanding the connection between helping the environment, staying healthy and saving money.

All these link to efficient living, which is a must if we want to keep

our world the way we know it.

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The truth is that every single person can take part in the green revolution. We can all learn how to use resources efficiently in order to go into the right direction.

Undoubtedly, together we will be able to solve the environmental problems that we all face today.

4 thoughts on “The History of the Green Movement

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  2. Reads like you have the makings of a community garden there! Good tips on the weeding and mulch – those two things alone will reduce the workload by more than half, and the plants do better by both.


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