Air Pollution from industrial smokestacks.Darken Day: Air Pollution Films and Environmental Awareness, 1960–1972NEWEST ESSAY
By Jennifer Lynn Peterson, PhD
The 1960s represent a turning point in popular awareness about environmental problems. The modern environmental movement that emerged in the mid-1960s and early ‘70s focused on a new set of concerns such as air pollution, water pollution, and pesticides. More federal environmental bills were signed in the 1960s and early 1970s than at any other period in U.S. history.