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Environmental Activism

A Reference Handbook

Environmental Activism by Jacqueline Vaughn Switzer
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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 detractors. 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, this volume puts organizations and their activities into historical context. Environmental Activism: A Reference Handbook first offers an American perspective and then a global one. 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).

ABC-CLIO; April 2003
345 pages; ISBN 9781576079027
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Title: Environmental Activism
Author: Jacqueline Vaughn Switzer