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  • A movement based on preserving the natural environment. Unlike conservationism, which occurs in observable places and conceives of clear boundaries, environmentalism protects things not easily seen, such as the air. The environmental movement has existed in the United States since the 19th century. The movement has since turned from a desire to protect the earth's resources to a cause based on influencing the moral choices of American consumers and pushing for ethical practices in both government and business.

    The environmental movement began in earnest during the Industrial Revolution in the United States, when fears of overindustrialization prompted a drive to undo the harms of modern civilization. This movement, however, did not gain in strength until the 1960s, when the concern for the environment turned into ...

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