"Stop Acid Rain" Button

Acid rain emerged as a disquieting problem in the eastern United States and Canada during the 1980s. The principal cause was sulfur dioxide emitted from coal-fired power plants, which acidified rain and snow and thereby damaged forests and killed aquatic life. This button reflects citizen-led efforts during the 1984 presidential campaign to confront a politically fraught environmental challenge.
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 5.8 cm; 1/8 in x 2 9/32 in
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Medicine and Science: Biological Sciences
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American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
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National Museum of American History


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