Theodore Roosevelt's Environmental Protection: The Importance Of Environmental Conservation

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Every human brain is wired the same: to fear short-term threats. As a result, long-term problems such as climate change and world hunger are neglected by the U.S. until they pose a major threatーusually by then it is too late. Many scholars, understanding this disconnect, try to demonstrate the importance of investing in the future by instilling fear. Most prevalent today, it is repeated that if humans continue to release greenhouse gases, Earth will not be able to sustain human life and everyone will die. In response, people tend to comment, “not in my lifetime” or “scientists are dramatizing environmental observation for research money.” This is anticipated: explaining the long-term effects of present actions is still expecting human minds…show more content…
The Man on Horseback recognized that 20th century factories boomed as a result of the Industrial Revolution, commenting that the U.S. had “become great because of the lavish use of [...] resources. But the time [had] come to inquire seriously what will happen when [...] forests are gone” ("Theodore Roosevelt and Conservation"). After voicing his concern, Roosevelt established the United States Forest Service (USFS) to manage the 150 national forests instituted during his administration ("Theodore Roosevelt and Conservation"). Consequently, it became a federal obligation to insure the salvation of trees, a vital economic and ecological resource; ruthless corporations would deplete the resource otherwise. In addition to the creation of federal agency that guaranteed conservation, Roosevelt passed the Antiquities Actーthis legislation made the founding of national monuments an executive power. Further extending his preserval reach, Roosevelt used the act to conceive the Grand Canyon National Monument ("Theodore Roosevelt and Conservation"). Clearly, the Antiquities Act gave the executive branch the authority and incentive to continue the initiation of conservation; subsequent presidents used the act to prevent degradation of cultural and natural wonders that ooze American nationalism. The application of Roosevelt’s act was viewed as a cultural enhancement unique to the enacted U.S. principle of preservation. Equally important and a prime protector of national monuments, Roosevelt also initiated the organization of the National Park Service (NPS). The agency was founded seven years after the Roosevelt administration office, and Roosevelt’s influence is obvious, for “there were 35 sites to be managed by the new organization. Roosevelt helped created 23 of those” ("Theodore Roosevelt and

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