M986.286.160 | Regarding Acid Rain
Regarding Acid Rain
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
March 20, 1986, 20th century
Felt pen, ink, overlay on paper
33.7 x 25.5 cm
Gift of Ms. Iona Monahan
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Acid rain (5) , Canada (139) , Canada-United States (39) , Cartoon (19139) , Diplomatic relations (484) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , Environment (49) , International relations (233) , International stakes (660) , Politics (1624) , politics (general) (2228) , United States (177) , World problems (77)
Keys to History
By showing the United States handing Canada an umbrella to keep off the acid rain, the cartoonist is condemning the Americans' complete unwillingness to address the source of the problem: factories and power plants located on U.S. soil.
Having both natural and human causes, acid rain is to blame for major damage to lakes in Canada and the United States. Concerns about this damage turned into a political issue, showing just how important environmental questions have become.
Acid rain is a problem primarily in southeastern Canada, which lies downwind from the large industrial areas of the northeastern United States.
Acid rain became a political issue in the 1980s.
The two countries that opposed each other over this issue were Canada and the United States.