Green Backlash: Global Subversion of the Environment Movement

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The tide is turning against environmentalism as the political right, industry and governments fight back.
Green Backlash is a controversial expose of the anti-environmental movement. Tracing the rise of the backlash from the Wise Use movement in the USA, the author reveals its rapid spread worldwide: the anti-roads movement in the UK, forestry debates in Canada and Australia, marine resource issues in Europe, South-East Asia, and controversies ...

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Overview

The tide is turning against environmentalism as the political right, industry and governments fight back.
Green Backlash is a controversial expose of the anti-environmental movement. Tracing the rise of the backlash from the Wise Use movement in the USA, the author reveals its rapid spread worldwide: the anti-roads movement in the UK, forestry debates in Canada and Australia, marine resource issues in Europe, South-East Asia, and controversies such as the Brent Spar.
The backlash is set to get worse as the resource wars intensify. This book offers a greater understanding of the challenges and threats facing global environmentalism, concluding that the environmental movement now has a chance to re-evaluate and change for the better to beat the backlash - a chance that must not be missed.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Like Paul and Anne Ehrlich in Betrayal of Science and Reason (LJ 10/15/96), Rowell attempts to show that the environmental movement is under attack around the world. In many of the cases documented by Rowell, a freelance environmental consultant for Greenpeace, those working to protect the environment are subject to physical danger and mental abuse. Unfortunately, this book fails to convince. Rowell's wooden prose is too often written in the passive voice, and his anecdotes suffer from a dull sameness. He believes that all corporations are bad and that those who disagree with environmentalists' goals must be intent on the destruction of the natural world, hyperbole that undercuts his thesis. This is unfortunate because Rowell raises several important issues, including questions about the impact of corporate campaign money on political decisions affecting the environment and the heavy price many environmentalists in developing countries pay for their activism. For libraries that must choose, the Ehrlichs' book is a more balanced account. Rowell's book is for comprehensive collections only.Randy Dykhuis, Michigan Lib. Consortium, Lansing
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415128285
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/24/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Rowell is a Freelance Environmental Consultant who has researched and written extensively about contemporary environmental issues with Greenpeace and other organisations.

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Table of Contents

List of plates
Preface
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Roll Back the Millennium: America Leads the Way 4
2 Culture Wars and Conspiracy Tales 42
3 The Death of Democracy 69
4 Get on the Global Green 100
5 The Paradigm Shift 126
6 The Price of Silence: Surveillance, Suppression, Slapps and Violence 157
7 To Cut or Not to Clear-Cut: A Question of Trees, Truth and Treason? 182
8 The Fight for the Forests of Central and Latin America 209
9 Dirty Tricks Down Under 232
10 South Asia and the Pacific: Where Dissent Can Mean Detention or Death 260
11 'A Shell-Shocked Land' 288
12 The Road to Nowhere 320
13 A Fishy Tale to Finish 356
14 Conclusion: Beating the Backlash 372
Notes 377
Index 464
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