American Botanical Society

Mission statement

A.B.S is an organization that encourages America to start conserving fossil fuels. People like Rachel Carson, Lois Gibbs, and President Nixon inspired A.B.S. to do that. Some goals include conserving fossil fuels as long as possible, preventing air and water pollution, and ensuring safe living conditions in our communities.

Earth Day

Earth day is a day devoted to addressing the country's environmental concerns, it started in April of 1970, when activists began pursing the environmental movement. And it now has it's own day every year.

Fossil fuels

Fossil fuels consist of natural gases, oil, and coal.

Problems with them:

  • Oil spills into the ocean, which harms marine life.
  • Burning coal pollutes the air, which is bad for us.
  • Gas is being burned up through cars, boats, planes, etc.

Environmental Protection Agency

This agency's purpose is to protect and enhance the environment in order to achieve sustainable development. They wish to see a rich, healthy, and diverse environment for future generations.


Clean Air Act - Established emissions standards for factories and automobiles.

Clean Water Act - Restricted the discharge of pollutants into the nation's lakes and rivers.

Endangered Species Act - Established measure for saving endangered animals.

Because of these acts smog in industrial cities was reduced, as was pollution in many lakes, streams, and rivers.


“Man can hardly even recognize the devils of his own creation.”- Lois Gibbs

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” - Lois Gibbs

We need to save ourselves by saving each other.- Rachel Carson

"Average people and the average community can change the world. You can do it just based on common sense, determination, persistence and patience."- Rachel Carson


1: Which Act does NOT belong here?

A. Clean Air Act

B. Clean Water Act

C. Endangered Species Act

D. Civil Rights Act of 1964

2: Which person(s) inspired the conservation of fossil fuels?

A. Rachel Carson

B. Babe Ruth


D. All of the Above


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  • "Protecting the Clean Water Act." American Rivers. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.
  • "Endangered Species Act." Endangered Species. N.p., 15 July 2013. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.