The Progressive Era Environment Crisis

The Progressive Era Environment Crisis

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  • The year is 1890, and the future looks gross and grimy. With the rivers polluted and the sky full of smoke, the people living in urban areas couldn't help but choke. Not only that, as a matter of fact, but too many natural resources we did extract.
  • The surroundings for urban folk was unsatisfactory at best. The trash in the towns allowed for the streets to be overran with pests! The pond and lake water, in the same state as the roads, was undrinkable because of pollution...loads and loads!
  • Millions of resources were extracted yearly, leaving the environment scarred severely. Progressives cried, "This isn't the way! If we keep this up, we'll run out one day!"
  • And so came John Muir, a preservative bloke, who said we should preserve the environment before we croak. The government considered this, and they began to sway. But they preferred conservation and instead did it their way. They met in the middle the best they could. Now, some areas would be preserved while others would be used for the greater good.
  • As for the water, Roosevelt started the National Reclamation Act, where acres and acres were used to get our country back on track. Dams were built and USGS were given bodies of water the study. So now, thanks to Teddy, waters didn't look so muddy!
  • Onto the air, which was polluted and black. But Gifford Pinchot had America's back! Hired by Roosevelt, he set up National Parks, which meant less areas for factories and therefore less smoke! Without these progressives, the U.S. would be a mess. The filthy water, air, and lack of resources for power would make everyone stress. But, thanks to these great fellows, the sound of freedom and care for the environment bellows.
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