Birth of the Environmental Protection Agency

Seeing is believing when it comes to climate change. An informative activity explores the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its efforts to document environmental issues with photographs. Academics match images with environmental issues and read information regarding the government's efforts to enact change. Scholars also participate in group discussion to understand the effect of the EPA on the environment. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Compare environmental issues from the 1970s to modern-day problems, such as global warming 
  • Create a visual board to represent environmental issues faced by the world today 
Classroom Considerations
  • Students must complete a portion of the activity online
  • Activity is great to pair with a lesson on climate change
  • The resource provides links to government environmental programs 
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