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Champions of Conservation

While the environment lacks often lacks a voice in current society, there have been a few individuals that have distinguished themselves by studying and speaking for the environment. The environment and the conservation movement has often found itself at odds with traditional government and industry. Both the government and industry have a long history of using our natural resources for economic gain while ignoring the needs of plants and animals that rely on those same resources or are harmed by reckless human development. Speaking for the environment can be a difficult task as Rachel Carson discovered when her scientific reputation was openly challenged by the pesticide industry following the publication of Silent Spring.

Through this section we profile some of the Champions of Conservation who have researched, spoken for, or acted on behalf of the environment.
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John James Audubon painted and described hundreds of birds.
John James Audubon sparked a public interest in understanding, and protecting wildlife.  Today his paintings, and the organization that bears his name provide a lasting legacy.

Environmental Events

While change is often slow and gradual, there are occasionally individual events that are distinctive in their impact on society, the environment and history.  Environmental events can be both positive - as is Earth Day and its ethic of teaching environmental stewardship - and negative - as was the experiment that caused the Chernobyl nuclear reactor to melt down.  Some events are actually the culmination of long term trends or efforts like the passing of the endangered species act in 1972, while others instantaneously and unexpectedly change the course of history as did the crash of the Exxon Valdez.
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During the 1960s and 1970s many people believed the environment and the planet were being killed.  Earth day began a serious dialogue about the impacts of human activities on our planet.

People and their Environment

The impact people and human actions have on the natural environment is impressive by almost any measure. Through hunting and harvests many species have been pushed to the brink of extinction while others have taken advantage of our activities and expanded their ranges. Here we examine the impacts of humans on the natural environment and examine some ways to reduce our "environmental footprint." 
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By turning rivers into ditches, and eliminating riparian vegetation we've lost critical parts of our ecosystem.

Environmental Education

Considering this site is focused on educating people about the environment something would be left out if we didn't touch on a few of the other ways you can learn more about the environment. Books, classes and lectures are all excellent ways to learn more about the environment - both where you live and around the world. Protecting and restoring the environment that surrounds us is a job for all of us.
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Recreation is a great way to learn more about the environment. 

Environmental Careers

Protecting the environment has become big business - its not just for underpaid non-profit organizations anymore!  Demand for talented individuals in environmental fields has continued to grow as today there is a focus on using technology to help streamline things like environmental assessments, monitoring and permitting. Of course there is still a need people in traditional environmental fields like wildlife management, landscape architecture, and forestry. Geographic information systems (GIS) and geographic positioning systems (GPS) are current buzzwords in environmental fields, but these are just tools for people trained in basic natural history and environmental education. Here we explore the outlooks and prospects for people seeking environmentally oriented careers.
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This forester is placing a barrier tree to let logging crews know this area is off-limits because of nesting birds.

Making the first step through education!

 

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