|Publication Date: 01/2003|
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|Hardcover|| ||$45.00|| ||978-1-57607-901-0|
A Reference Handbook
Jacqueline Vaughn Switzer
A balanced presentation chronicling both the major events that sparked environmental activism and the nature of that activism in the past century.
A massive oil tanker smashes through an outboard motorboat displaying a Greenpeace banner. A woman lives in a giant redwood tree for six months to prevent old-growth forest logging. The environment has many defenders, but there are also destroyers. Now the complex and controversial subject of environmental activism is summarized and explained in a single reference work.
Beginning with an overview of activism in the past century from 1900 to 2001, Environmental Activism: A Reference Handbook puts organizations and their activities into historical context. This volume offers both an American perspective and a global perspective. It chronicles the major events that sparked environmental actions; aligns individuals with organizations, such as John Muir and the Sierra Club; and presents a balanced treatment of activities in both conservative and liberal political spheres.
Separate chapters identify six eras of activism from 1900 to 2001 and include their characteristics, issues, strategies, and advocates. This is followed by summaries of the various types of organizations and their strategies, including direct action (ecoterrorism, monkey wrenching) as well as mainstream activity (lobbying, letter writing).
• In-depth profiles of 25 key individuals and organizations
• Original reports, congressional testimony, and court documents covering environmental justice, green political parties, corporate environmentalism, the wise use movement, genetically engineered foods, environmental sabotage, and local land use issues
• Provides objective coverage of mainstream environmental organizations as well as smaller, local groups and those that constitute the environmental opposition
• Profiles famous and less well-known activists in short biographical sketches, including minorities and women
• Provides an extensive directory of environmental organizations representative of activism throughout the U.S. to enhance and simplify further research
Jacqueline Vaughn Switzer is assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ.
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