Attention Getter: Did you know in 1969 there was a giant oil spill in Santa Barbara?
Topic Revelation: This oil spill caused the environmental movement that has lead to our current environmental movement.
By environmental movement, I mean what the people’s interests are in our environment.
Significance Statement: The environmental movement is just as important as today then it was in 1969. The environment is constantly threatened and plays a crucial part in everyone’s lives (Goli).
Preview Statement: Today, we will be going over the impact of the oil spill, current issues today, and who are addressing these issues.
I. The first point is how the oil spill had an impact on our current environmental movement. A. This one oil spill made a huge impact on our environmental standards. Along with a book written at the time called, “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson. 1. Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” was about a women’s courageous effort to show Silent how our chemical industry affects the wildlife and us. 2. The oil spill lasted for 11 days and released 3 million gallons. B. With the oil spill and book written, the United States decided to address these issues by creating the Environmental Protection Agency or known as the EPA. 1. Also the following years after the spill, there was more environmental legislation than at any time in our nation’s history. 2. Examples of environmental legislation was in 1969, Congress passed the National Environmental Policy Act along with clean air, water acts, and laws that protected fragile ecosystems and endangered species (Corwin).
Transition: Although we have come a long way from the oil spill, we still have many current environment issues.
II. We are now going mention the current issues with our environment. A. A current issue is air quality. 1. Air quality is having good breathable air that doesn't have too many toxins. 2. Right now