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Environmentalism (Seminar Studies In History 2nd edition)

Environmentalism (Seminar Studies In History 2nd edition)

By: David Peterson del Mar (author)Paperback

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Why are our environmental problems still growing despite a huge increase in global conservation efforts? Peterson del Mar untangles this paradox by showing how prosperity is essential to environmentalism. Industrialization drove people to look for meaning in nature even as they consumed its products more relentlessly. Hence England led the way in both manufacturing and preserving its countryside, and the United States created a matchless set of national parks as it became the world's pre-eminent economic and military power.Environmental movements have produced some impressive results, including cleaner air and the preservation of selected species and places. But agendas that challenged western prosperity and comfort seldom made much progress, and many radical environmentalists have been unabashed utopianists. Environmentalism considers a wide range of conservation and preservation movements and less organized forms of nature loving (from seaside vacations to ecotourism) to argue that these activities have commonly distracted us from the hard work of creating a sustainable and sensible relationship with the environment.

About Author

David Peterson del Mar has taught environmental history in Canada and the United States and has published four books on social history, including the award winning What Trouble I Have Seen: A History of Violence against Wives (1996).


ChronologyWho's WhoGlossaryMaps Contributions to global warming Protected areas on landIllustrations J.M.W. Turner Slave Ship painting Pet cemetery at Asnieres Autobahn Earth from outer space Greenpeace anti-whaling action SUV ad Saltwater aquarium Painting of wind turbines PART ONE ANALYSIS AND ASSESSMENT 1 Introduction 2 Domesticating the wildBackgroundThe birth of conservationNostalgia and nature lovingThe birth of nature tourismPetsEnvironmentalism in the colonies and early U.S. 3 Industrial nature lovingThe spread of conservation and preservationNature and nationWild natureDomesticating the wild 4 The friendly wild of post-war affluenceBackgroundAmerican suburbsThe friendly wildMeaning and ecology 5 The counter-culture's natureProsperity and alienationWild = goodNature loving goes mainstreamFarley Mowat and the world we have lostMother nature's sons: Jacques Cousteau and John Denver 6 EpiphaniesSilent SpringGreen surgeWestern EuropeThe rest of the WestGreen nationalism 7 Radical departuresBackgroundDeep EcologyBioregionalism and ecofeminismFriends of the EarthGreenpeace and Earth First! 8 ThwartedBackgroundWestern-European GreensCentral and Eastern EuropeBacklash and accomodationSuccess storiesDivisions 9 Extreme nature lovingWilderness and technologyWild playgroundsConsuming natureAquariums and dogsFreeing Keiko and finding Nemo 10 Assessment PART TWO DOCUMENTS1 Beowulf2 William Wordsworth, Tintern Abbey3 The Cruelty to Animals Act of 18354 George Perkins Marsh, Man and Nature5 Anna Sewell, Black Beauty6 William Morris, News from Nowhere7 Robert Baden-Powell, Scouting for Boys8 John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierras9 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring10 Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac11 Rachel Carson, Silent Spring12 Farley Mowat, Never Cry Wolf13 Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness14 John Denver, Rocky Mountain High15 Richard Adams, Watership Down16 Donella H. Meadows, et al., The Limits to Growth: A Report for the Club of Rome's Project on the Predicament of Mankind17 Arne Naess, "The Shallow and the Deep, Long-Range Ecology Movements"18 Endangered Species Act of 197319 Where You At? A Bioregional Quiz20 Earth First Action in Oregon, 198521 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, Rio de Janeiro, 199222 Petra Kelly, "Creating an Ecological Economy"23 Kyoto Protocol, 199724 Bjo[no accent]rn Lomborg, The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World25 Animal Wellness Magazine, "10 Steps to Animal Communication"26 Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and what We Can Do About It27 Rural Manifesto of the Countryside Alliance, 200928 Report of the League Against Cruel Sports, 2010 GUIDE TO FURTHER READING REFERENCES INDEX

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  • ISBN13: 9781408255582
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9781408255582
  • weight: 372
  • ISBN10: 1408255588
  • edition: 2nd edition

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