Jacquie Burkhardt
green peace

As nuclear bombs continued to fall the effects on the environment became more and more evident. Mutations in organisms and lasting radiation in the earth propelled many people to cry out against further nuclear war. Many groups formed to voice their opinions on the subject, like Green Peace and Friends of the Earth. The 1970’s saw many protests against nuclear war and groups advocating for protecting the environment. These groups brought awareness to the problems that nuclear warfare caused to the earth.
The quick pace of the industrial revolution and the exponential growth of the population saw people using up a lot of the earth’s resources much faster. The total wars of the 1900’s also damaged hundreds of acres of land and used many resources. The huge damage caused by nuclear weapons and the combined effects of the wars and population growth, people saw their negative effects on the earth. They soon started to oppose any further damage to the earth, particularly from nuclear weapons. Several environmental groups gained prominence, like Sierra Nevada, and they helped to bring awareness to the people. The large effects nuclear weapons had, helped to change the population from not being concerned with the environmental effects to being deeply concerned. This could be categorized as an ideological social change because people were thinking about their actions and their government’s actions in a new way. It also could correlate with the post modernism theory. People were no longer happy with the course technology had taken and many thought that it was perhaps better before nuclear weapons were invented. The mantra of moving forward without any concern on how to get to the next frontier was reconsidered in terms of the environment. People realized that their impact on the environment was very important and should be taken into consideration.