Birth of modern environmental movement.
For 30 years Texaco/Chevron repeatedly dumped oil formation water into waterways throughout the Ecuadorian Amazon.
First Dam halted to save the small, unphotogenic Snail Darter.
Studies proved that pesticide residue was responsible in dramatic decline of multiple species of birds including Eagles, Condors, Osprey, Pelicans.
Established a national commitment to restore and protect the nation's waters, stopping billions of pounds of pollution from fouling the water, and dramatically increasing the number of waterways that are safe from swimming and fishing.
Became the subject of international attention after it was discovered that the site of a housing development near Niagara Falls, NY, had been used to bury 21,000 tons of toxic waste by Hooker Chemical in the 40s & 50s.
Regime of mayor Ed Koch ignored the AIDS crisis and let NYC abandon thousands of low income apartments to condemnation for the profit of developers.
Implementation low intensity confict using Contra Mercenaries, ushering in endless US Wars of aggression.
Ronald Reagan elected, breeding a climate of fear and Permanent War Economy.
in which life forms are established as property.
Union Carbide leak in India kills untold thousands when Methyl Isocyante gas escapes, company denies responsibility in lengthy legal battle.
Proposal for intrusive ecologically devastating superhighway defeated, NYC breathes.
Bad trade policy initiates race to find most exploited workers in the hemisphere, assaulting the cultures of indigenous peoples throughout Mexico and Latin America.
Hanged by Nigerian government at the request of Shell Oil, for the crime of speaking out about oil pollution in the Niger Delta.
Significant for viewing the watershed as a whole, unfiltered system joining the city and its watershed as one region, not as competing interests.
Gushing for 87 days, the largest marine oil spill in history with Corexit chemicals added to further contaminate and complicate response.
Horizontal Hydro Fracking held at bay by groundswell of protest.
Poaching epidemic of African elephants by unprecedented use of assault weapons and poisoning, 22,000 killed in one year alone as numbers climb every year.
Three nuclear reactors melt down, after earthquake, ending the 60 year myth that nuclear power could create safe, cheap power.
Category 3 “Super Storm” devastates Mid Atlantic region, exceeding predicted 500 yr storm flooding.