"Stop Ocean Dumping" Button

Out of sight, out of mind. That attitude proved a difficult hurdle for raising concern about the use of the ocean as a dumping ground for humanity’s escalating wastes. To inspire appreciation and respect for the marine environment, this late-20th-century button incorporates an image of the famed Japanese woodblock print, “The Great Wave.”
The button is among the more than 1,500 pin-backed environmental buttons that Gerald H. Meral donated to the National Museum of American History. Meral spent his career addressing natural resource concerns for the California state government and California-based non-governmental organizations. He began assembling his button collection in 1970.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: .33 cm x 4.3 cm; 1/8 in x 1 11/16 in
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Medicine and Science: Biological Sciences
Government, Politics, and Reform
Health & Medicine
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
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National Museum of American History


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