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Prior to the 1920s very few people were aware of the term or concept biosphere and prior to the 1960s minimal people knew the term environment Beginning around the 1930s literature concerning this topic began to appear Up until this time Americans thought of the natural world as being a storehouse of raw materials intended for human economic purposes In the late 60s Americans began to recognize an emerging crisis They had seen firsthand serious environmental destruction They lived near polluted lakes where it was too gross to swim or fish They lived in grimy air-polluted cities They witnessed DDT killing wildlife They were eating pesticide-ridden foods People suddenly became aware of the environment They realized that it isnt indestructible or invincible and that humans were having a negative affect on the environment This awareness sparked a concern among some Americans and thus began the conservation movement The conservation movement sought to ensure wise use of the latent wealth of nature In 1965 the Conservation Foundation held a conference on Future Environments of North America As a result of this conference many concerned authors published literature outlining the proceedings These writings contributed to a heightened public awareness of an endangered environment They began to bring political concerns to the public eye Environmental pollution became a huge public health concern Of course the conservationists did have many critics At first it was considered just another special interest group similar to groups supporting women seniors gay men and lesbians ethnic groups and cultures lobbying for attention They faced huge critics in the developing stages Hard scientists and engineers such as oil geologists industrial chemists etc argued humanitys ingenuity and perseverance would enable it to overcome whatever obstacles nature might put in the way of progress Individuals on the Christian Right claimed that views of environmentalists were against biblical teachings because they attempted to praise nature above humanity But while there were many critics of the movement in
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