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We live in a century already characterised by fears about global warming, rising pollution and the unsustainable exploitation of natural resources. At the same time, there appears to be a greater interest in nature and conservation than ever before. In Environmentalism David Peterson del Mar uncovers one of the principal paradoxes of western societys erratic relationship with its surroundings: celebrations of and efforts to conserve nature have been most intense at times and in places where people have most exploited it.

 

Industrialisation drove people to look for meaning in nature even as they relentlessly consumed its products, and the western world has turned to nature in search of meanings that have proved elusive in a world dominated by economic prosperity, urbanisation and technological advances. Peterson del Mar here examines the political and economic movements of environmentalism in the context of broader cultural forces, to provide an engaging and critically astute cultural history of our attitude to the environment. Primary source documents and a collection of colour photographs serve to demonstrate and develop the argument that while nature loving may soothe our sense of alienation from our natural surroundings, it also serves to distract us from the hard work of creating a sustainable relationship with the environment.

 

Topics covered include:

  • the birth and development of conservation and preservation
  • the effects of post-war affluence
  • radical movements such as deep economy, ecofeminism and ecoregionalism
  • the politics of environmentalism in Europe and worldwide

With increased awareness of the fate of the environment already a dominant concern of the twenty-first century, this new Seminar Study will be an essential introduction for anyone interested in the history of environmentalism.

 

David Peterson del Mar has taught courses on environmental history in Canada and the US and currently teaches for Portland State University. He is the author of five books on social and environmental history, including Beaten Down: A History of Interpersonal Violence in the West (2005).

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

Are current global conservation efforts enough to save the environment? This is the essential introduction to the debates, the movements, the successes and failures of the environmentalism.

About the 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).

Table of Contents

 

Chronology

Whos Who

Glossary

Maps

   Contributions to global warming

   Protected areas on land

Illustrations

   J.M.W. Turner Slave Ship painting

   Pet cemetery at Asnières

   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 wild

Background

The birth of conservation

Nostalgia and nature loving

The birth of nature tourism

Pets

Environmentalism in the colonies and early U.S.

 

3    Industrial nature loving

The spread of conservation and preservation

Nature and nation

Wild nature

Domesticating the wild

 

4    The friendly wild of post-war affluence

Background

American suburbs

The friendly wild

Meaning and ecology

 

5    The counter-cultures nature

Prosperity and alienation

Wild = good

Nature loving goes mainstream

Farley Mowat and the world we have lost

Mother natures sons: Jacques Cousteau and John Denver

 

6    Epiphanies

Silent Spring

Green surge

Western Europe

The rest of the West

Green nationalism

 

7    Radical departures

Background

Deep Ecology

Bioregionalism and ecofeminism

Friends of the Earth

Greenpeace and Earth First!

 

8    Thwarted

Background

Western-European Greens

Central and Eastern Europe

Backlash and accomodation

Success stories

Divisions

 

9    Extreme nature loving

Wilderness and technology

Wild playgrounds

Consuming nature

Aquariums and dogs

Freeing Keiko and finding Nemo

 

10   Assessment

 

 

PART TWO   DOCUMENTS

1    Beowulf

2    William Wordsworth, Tintern Abbey

3    The Cruelty to Animals Act of 1835

4   George Perkins Marsh, Man and Nature

5    Anna Sewell, Black Beauty

6    William Morris, News from Nowhere

7    Robert Baden-Powell, Scouting for Boys

8    John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierras

9    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

10   Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

11   Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

12   Farley Mowat, Never Cry Wolf

13   Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

14   John Denver, Rocky Mountain High

15   Richard Adams, Watership Down

16   Donella H. Meadows, et al., The Limits to Growth: A Report for the Club of Romes Project on the Predicament of Mankind

17   Arne Naess, “The Shallow and the Deep, Long-Range Ecology Movements”

18   Endangered Species Act of 1973

19   Where You At? A Bioregional Quiz

20   Earth First Action in Oregon, 1985

21   United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, Rio de Janeiro, 1992

22   Petra Kelly, “Creating an Ecological Economy”

23   Kyoto Protocol, 1997

24 Bjǿ[no accent]rn Lomborg, The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World

25   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 It

27   Rural Manifesto of the Countryside Alliance, 2009

28   Report of the League Against Cruel Sports, 2010

 

GUIDE TO FURTHER READING

 

REFERENCES

 

INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9781408255582
Author:
Peterson Del Mar, David
Publisher:
Longman Publishing Group
Author:
Mar, David Peterson Del
Author:
Peterson del Mar, David
Subject:
Business-Manufacturing and Product Development
Subject:
General History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Seminar Studies in History Series
Publication Date:
20110829
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.3 x 6.7 x 0.5 in 376 gr

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"Synopsis" by , 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.

"Synopsis" by , Are current global conservation efforts enough to save the environment? This is the essential introduction to the debates, the movements, the successes and failures of the environmentalism.
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