What is Environmental Legislation? - Laws, Regulations & Timeline


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Which of the following is NOT relevant to environmental legislation?

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1. Why was environmentalism established?

2. Why are the 1960s said to have been the start of environmental law in the United States?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Environmental legislation protects our natural environment. This quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of how these laws and regulations work toward a common goal. You'll be tested on areas that include the movement toward protecting the environment, when and why the movement began, and the areas of the environment that are protected.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following aspects of the National Environmental Policy Act and other related laws:

  • The definition of environmental legislation
  • The movement toward protection of the environment
  • The role of the 1960s in the movement
  • The 1969 law establishing a nationwide policy promoting protection of the environment

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of environmental legislation
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as environmental legislation
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding environmental legislation
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what the concerns of the 1960s were that led to an increase in environmental legislation

Additional Learning

To learn more about how environmental legislation helps protect the environment, review the accompanying lesson called What is Environmental Legislation? - Laws, Regulations & Timeline. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • What is environmental legislation and what does it protect
  • The historical movement toward environmental protections
  • The importance of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • The requirements to have environmental matters considered by federal agencies