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Environmental events 1970-1975

Sustainable fashion, also called Eco-Fashion, is a part of the growing design philosophy and trend. Sustainability, the goal of which is to create a system which can be supported indefinitely in terms of environmentalism and social responsibility. Sustainable fashion today could not have flourished if it was not for the early environmental activists in the 70’s. It was the most politically, important and exciting decade who young people dared to speak against the established. The new breeds of pioneers in modern environmentalism finally manage to get heard from the grey masses in society. The important environmental organizations Earth day (1970), WWF (1974), Greenpeace was founded in the 1970s.

The TV made the world look small

The world became smaller every day; globally, the importance of TV became essential as they covered stories not only happening locally but internationally. The end of the Vietnam War in 1975, terrorism in Europe escalated with the Baader Meinhof group later The Red Army Faction and IRA in Northern Ireland they expressed their political view with ultra-Violence. Books of importance regarding the environment and modern lifestyle were published. The outstanding book “Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered” by E.F. Schumacher in 1973. The Norwegian philosopher, climber, boxer and renaissance man Arne Næss published “Ecology of Wisdom”, rooted in a holistic and interconnected worldview. Inspired by Eastern philosophy and religion such as Gandhism and Buddhism. For example, The Earth first! organization works within the Deep Ecology philosophy. 

Fashion expressed opinions and became a political tool

In the 1950’s youth culture with Elvis, Brando & James Dean gave the voice to the new generation of youngsters, stars who they could identify their delusion and teenage angst. However, youth culture certainly the most important and exciting decade was the 70’s. Fashion was not only a way of expression belonging to a tribe; it became a political tool as well. Young people did not need to scream load to express their political opinions, hippies said no to the Vietnam wars, yes to drugs simply by their uniforms. The punk youth movement who started in 1975 was a voice against the established, bands such as The Sex Pistols manage to shake up the English royalties and turned prime minister Margaret Thatcher into a Valium express. Sex Pistols was regarded by the British government as state enemy number one when the punk culture was at its highest in the UK.

Environmental events 1970?

Environmental events 1971?

  • Clean Air Act of 1970. Auto industry might collapse because of anti-pollution laws, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce that entire industries might collapse because of antipollution laws, citing, in particular, the effect on the auto industry of the 1970 Clean Air Act
  • The organization Greenpeace is founded. Its initial mission is to oppose atomic-testing Alaska.
  • Greenpeace sets out from Vancouver protest US nuclear testing Alaska. The action sets off global environmental protests.
    Environmental books of the year
  • Barry Commoner, The Closing Circle, argues that misuse of pesticides is eroding the foundation of natural systems. The Closing Circle: Nature, Man, and Technology
  • Hunter, Robert The Storming Of The Mind. McClelland and Stewart

Environmental events 1972?

  • Buffalo Creek disaster Buffalo Creek floodwaters that broke killing 125 people and leaving 4,000 homeless need for ethics in engineering.
  • Established Federal Water Pollution Control, Coastal Zone Management, Ocean Dumping, Marine Mammal Protection Act and Toxic Substances Control Act
    Environmental books of the year
  • We are not sleepwalkers or sheep. We may be learning just in time

Environmental events 1973?

Environmental events 1974

Environmental events 1975?

  • Atlantic salmon return – Connecticut River after a 100-year absence.
  • Congress Hazardous Waste Transportation Act
  • The Phyllis Cormack, today Greenpeace, heads out of Vancouver’s English Bay for The Great Whale Conspiracy. The Campaign catches the global media and Whaling Commission by surprise; this was the end of commercial whaling
  • Environmental books of the year
  • The Monkey Wrench Gang (Penguin Modern Classics) by Edward Abbey, about eco-guerillas who plot to blow up the Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona
  • Edwin Way Teale Naturalist Buys Old Farm
  • E. Wilson Sociobiology: The New Synthesis

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