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The Rebirth of Environmentalism: Grassroots Activism from the Spotted Owl to the Polar Bear

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Over the past two decades, a select group of small but highly effective grassroots organizations have achieved remarkable success in protecting endangered species and forests in the United States. The Rebirth of Environmentalism tells for the first time the story of these grassroots biodiversity groups.
 
Author Douglas Bevington offers engaging case studies of three of the most influential biodiversity protection campaigns—the Headwaters Forest campaign, the “zero cut” campaign on national forests, and the endangered species litigation campaign exemplified by the Center for Biological Diversity—providing the reader with an in-depth understanding of the experience of being involved in grassroots activism.
 
Based on first-person interviews with key activists in these campaigns, the author explores the role of tactics, strategy, funding, organization, movement culture, and political conditions in shaping the influence of the groups. He also examines the challenging relationship between radicals and moderate groups within the environmental movement, and addresses how grassroots organizations were able to overcome constraints that had limited the advocacy of other environmental organizations.
 
Filled with inspiring stories of activists, groups, and campaigns that most readers will not have encountered before, The Rebirth of Environmentalism explores how grassroots biodiversity groups have had such a big impact despite their scant resources, and presents valuable lessons that can help the environmental movement as a whole—as well as other social movements—become more effective.

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Now directing the forest program of a foundation, Bevington draws on his research for a Ph.D. dissertation in sociology, primarily interviews with other grassroots forest activists. He describes how people have bypassed the national mainstream environmental and conservation organizations and mounted do-it-yourself campaigns to protect biodiversity beginning with specific situations and locations. He looks at the rise of grassroots biodiversity activism, origins of the groups, the Headwaters Forest campaign, the John Muir Sierrans and the zero-cut campaign, the Center for Biological Diversity and endangered species litigation, and lessens of grassroots biodiversity activism for the campaign against global warming. An afterward discusses the arrival of the Obama administration. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Over the past two decades, a select group of small but highly effective grassroots organizations have achieved remarkable success in protecting endangered species and forests in the United States. The Rebirth of Environmentalism tells for the first time the story of these grassroots biodiversity groups.
 
Filled with inspiring stories of activists, groups, and campaigns that most readers will not have encountered before, The Rebirth of Environmentalism explores how grassroots biodiversity groups have had such a big impact despite their scant resources, and presents valuable lessons that can help the environmental movement as a whole—as well as other social movements—become more effective.

About the Author

Douglas Bevington is the forest program director for Environment Now, a grantmaking foundation based in California. He received his PhD in sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he taught courses on social movement studies.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements

 

Chapter 1.  The Rise of Grassroots Biodiversity Activism and the Rebirth of Environmentalism

Chapter 2.  Origins of the Grassroots Biodiversity Groups

Chapter 3.  Never Mind the Nationals: The Headwaters Forest Campaign

Chapter 4.  Transforming a National: The John Muir Sierrans and the Zero-Cut Campaign

Chapter 5.  Becoming a National: The Center for Biological Diversity and Endangered Species Litigation

Chapter 6.  Boldness Has Genius: The Lessons of Grassroots Biodiversity Activism for the Campaign against Global Warming

 

Afterword: Arrival of the Obama Administration

Appendix: Origins of Four Biodiversity Protection Laws

Chapter Notes

Glossary of Acronyms

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781597266567
Author:
Bevington, Douglas
Publisher:
Island Press
Subject:
Environmentalism -- United States.
Subject:
Environmental policy -- United States.
Subject:
Wildlife
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biological Diversity
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Political Advocacy
Subject:
Public Policy - Environmental Policy
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Over the past two decades, a select group of small but highly effective grassroots organizations have achieved remarkable success in protecting endangered species and forests in the United States. The Rebirth of Environmentalism tells for the first time the story of these grassroots biodiversity groups.
 
Filled with inspiring stories of activists, groups, and campaigns that most readers will not have encountered before, The Rebirth of Environmentalism explores how grassroots biodiversity groups have had such a big impact despite their scant resources, and presents valuable lessons that can help the environmental movement as a whole—as well as other social movements—become more effective.
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