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By Marco Armiero, Lise Sedrez

ISBN-10: 1441137890

ISBN-13: 9781441137890

'Think globally, act in the neighborhood' has develop into a decision to environmentalist mobilization, featuring a more in-depth connection among worldwide matters, neighborhood matters and person accountability. A background of Environmentalism explores this dialectic dating, with ten participants from more than a few disciplines offering a heritage of environmentalism which frames international topics and narrates neighborhood stories.

Each of the chapters during this quantity addresses particular struggles within the background of environmental activities, for instance over nationwide parks, species defense, forests, waste, infection, nuclear strength and expropriation. a various diversity of environments and environmental actors are lined, together with the groups within the Amazonian woodland, the antelope in Tibet, atomic energy vegetation in Europe and oil and politics within the Niger Delta. The chapters show how those conflicts make seen the elaborate connections among neighborhood and worldwide, the physique and the surroundings, and gear and nature. A background of Environmentalism tells us a lot approximately changes of cultural perceptions and methods of creation and eating, in addition to ecological and social adjustments.

More than delivering an exhaustive photograph of the complete environmentalist move, A historical past of Environmentalism highlights the significance of the adventure of environmentalism inside neighborhood groups. It deals a world and polyphonic point of view, making it key studying for college kids and students of world and environmental historical past and political ecology.

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16 Michael D. ), National Parkways Comprehensive Guide to Yellowstone National Park, 7, 70; as cited in Chase, Playing God, 107. 17 Spence, Dispossessing, 49–50. 18 Spence, Dispossessing, 60–70. 19 Alfred Runte, Yosemite: The Embattled Wilderness (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1990), 80. 20 Runte, Yosemite, 81. 21 Donald Worster, A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008), 396–397. 22 Worster, Passion, 397. 36 A HISTORY OF ENVIRONMENTALISM 23 Ted Steinberg, Acts of God: The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster in America (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000).

2 Several historians have rightly pointed out the difficulty—some say, impossibility—of meeting a mandate that at once requires conserving the scenery and providing the enjoyment of the scenery in a fashion that is ‘unimpaired’. See Alfred Runte, National Parks: The American Experience. 2nd ed. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1987), 160. 3 Alston Chase, Playing God in Yellowstone: The Destruction of America’s First National Park (New York: The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1986), 92. 4 Mark David Spence, Dispossessing the Wilderness: Indian Removal and the Making of the National Parks (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), 43.

Placing the national park system on such a high pedestal, however, is dangerous business. For more than a century, historians and film-makers like Burns have used the terms ‘preservation’ and ‘conservation’ as tools to explain the growth and development of national parks. If we have learned anything at all from postmodern approaches to historical inquiry, however, it is that words matter. To some extent, our words shape perceptions of reality, which, in turn, shape behaviour among and between people and the non-human world.

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