August 16 — E. F. Schumacher born (1911)

Ernst Friedrich Schumacher, author of the renowned environmental book, Small is Beautiful, was born on August 16, 1911 (died 1977).  Schumacher was born in Germany, but immigrated to England before World War II to avoid the scourge of Nazism in his homeland.  He lived in England throughout his life and became a British citizen in […]

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August 15 — Sponge Act passed (1914)

The United States passed into law the “New Sponge-Mining Act” on August 15, 1914.  This act replaced and repealed a prior act of the same type, passed on June 20, 1906.  The 1906 law was the first expression of the authority of the United States government to regulate commercial fishing. The Sponge Act, as it […]

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August 4 — Liang Congjie born (1932)

The man considered the founder of the environmental movement in Chica, Liang Congjie, was born August 4, 1932 (died 2010).  Liang was an historian who took the lead, with three others, to form the first recognized environmental non-governmental organization in China in 1994, called “Friends of Nature.” Liang came from a family long associated with […]

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